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2019.8.30 - 2020.1.5

David Hockney: Works from the Tate Collection

30 August 2019 - 5 January 2020

M WOODS - Hutong

 

With a “big splash” at the heart of Beijing, M WOODS proudly announces both its most anticipated show of the year and the grand opening of its second location, M WOODS - Hutong. In partnership with Tate, M WOODS – Hutong presents as its inaugural exhibition “David Hockney: Works from the Tate Collection”, the artist’s first museum survey exhibition in China.

 

As one of the world’s most influential and popular artists, David Hockney holds the record for the highest auction price for a painting by a living artist. Born in Bradford, UK in 1937, Hockney attended Bradford School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, before going on to make some of the best-known images of the last 60 years. Since his first retrospective exhibition at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1970 when he was only 33, Hockney has continued to attract widespread critical and public attention.

 

Drawing on many different sources including popular imagery and the works of old and modern masters, Hockney’s subject matter concerns the traditional themes of art – still life, portraiture and landscape – and his principle obsession with representation and perspective. With nearly 100 works, the exhibition spans his career from the mid 1950s to the present, and demonstrates the range of possibilities in his work, not only within the traditional areas of painting, printmaking and drawing, but also in his more recent use of photography and digital technologies. Works are drawn primarily from the Tate’s collection in the UK and include some of Hockney’s most iconic paintings including A Bigger Splash (1967), Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1970-71), and My Parents (1977).

 

In accordance with M WOODS’ founding philosophy that all art should be F.A.T. (free, alchemical and timeless) this exhibition explores for the first time Hockney's relationship with China. Hockney first visited China in 1981 with Stephen Spender, a British poet, and the two collaborated on the book China Diary (1982) chronicling their journey. Hockney went on to explore his fascination with traditional Chinese scroll painting in the 1987 film A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China or: Surface Is Illusion But So Is Depth. In the film, Hockney examines the pinnacle of Qing dynasty court painting The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour painted by a group of artists led by the master Wang Hui, guiding viewers through the vastness and subtlety of the scroll and its dynamic lesson in time and space. The exhibition reveals how Chinese painting has continued to have a profound influence on Hockney's practice in terms of painting theory, technique and perspective. Presenting the rarely shown The Kangxi Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour (Scroll 6) alongside Hockney’s ‘Moving Focus’ series of prints and more recent works in paintings and photography, it follows Hockney’s remarkable journey through the myriad ways he has interrogated the nature of looking and representation, from his days as a promising student to his place as one of the finest artists working today.

 

 

M WOODS would like to express deep gratitude to Tate and its team, as well as the individual lenders who loaned their works to the exhibition. We would also like to sincerely thank Pace Gallery for its support, and David Hockney Inc. for its involvement – without which this exhibition would not have been possible. 

 

The presentation of David Hockney: Works from the Tate Collection is a collaboration between Tate and M Woods.

 

Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Art Imaginarium

 

Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Art Imaginarium

6 July - 7 October 2019

 

This summer 2019, M WOODS is pleased to present an exhibition by Lucy Sparrow, one of the most exciting and innovative artists in the UK today. Using felt as her primary material, Sparrow is renowned for her bright and engaging recreations of objects from everyday life. Having received worldwide attention for her felt installations in cities such as London, New York, and Los Angeles, Lucy Sparrow’s Felt Art Imaginarium is the artist’s first exhibition in Asia, and comprises an immersive installation specially commissioned for M WOODS.

 

For this ambitious exhibition, Sparrow has recreated 70 masterpieces from the annals of art history and covered the entirety of the museum in her signature, colorful felt. In line with M WOODS’ founding philosophy that art be F.A.T. (Free, Alchemical, Timeless), Sparrow fills the galleries with her own felt reincarnations of artworks from across time and geographies, ranging from ancient monuments and historical artifacts, to Renaissance and Old Master paintings, to modern and contemporary masterworks. By immersing viewers in her world and the distinctive language of felt, Sparrow rewrites the conventional narratives of art history while simultaneously making masterpieces within the canon more approachable and accessible. The museum is fully transformed into Sparrow’s art imaginarium, where viewers can see art from around the world and through the ages in an experience that is at once both thrilling and educational.

 

Following in the lineage of artists such as Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, and Elaine Sturtevant, Sparrow’s practice probes contemporary notions of appropriation and reproduction, while her choice of material evokes the traditional Arts and Crafts Movement which emerged in Britain in the late 19th century. Her works, which usually take as their subjects every day objects such as items from grocery stores, bodegas, and pharmacies, are quirky yet quietly subversive. Behind their soft, humble, and oftentimes humorous exteriors, they offer sharp critical insight into questions surrounding consumerism and mass production. In this context, Sparrow’s work also offers a unique framework through which to re-evaluate our present globalized societies, and the way in which information, images, and products are consumed and distributed around the world.

 

As part of its commitment to education and in collaboration with a number of international institutions who own the original artworks on view, M WOODS is pleased to present throughout the exhibition educational videos offering viewers a more in-depth understanding of these works and their contexts. M WOODS would like to thank the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels; Gementeemuseum, the Hague; and other collaborating institutions for their support.

 

About the Artist

Lucy Sparrow (b. 1986) currently lives and works in the United Kingdom. Previous exhibitions include Cornershop (2014), a fully stocked and operating corner shop in London’s East End; Warmongery (2015), which explored issues of gun control and mental health; Madame Roxy’s Erotic Emporium (2015) in London’s Soho; The Convenience Store (2017) in New York; and Sparrow Mart (2018), a fully felted supermarket in Los Angeles complete with 31,000 hand-made works. In 2016 and in celebration of Her Royal Highness The Queen’s official 90th birthday, BBC commissioned Sparrow to recreate the United Kingdom’s Crown Jewels in felt. In 2018, Sparrow unveiled an installation for Hermés’ flagship store in Beverly Hills, California,  and most recently, she presented the piece Triple Art Bypass, which saw the artist perform ‘live’ surgery at Context Art Fair during Miami Art Week 2018.