Neil Farber, Untitled, 2011, mixed media on paper, 24 x 30 in
Pippy Houldsworth launches a major new gallery space in London's West End on 17 November 2011. Building on the success of the last twelve years during which time the gallery showed artists such as Franz Ackermann, Matthew Ritchie, Louisa Lambri, André Cadere, and Glenn Brown, Pippy Houldsworth will continue to show innovative and critically relevant work, building on its stable of artists, whilst also focusing on significant group exhibitions.
The new gallery space is located on Heddon Street, an area known for its contemporary art galleries. Pippy Houldsworth Gallery has been designed by acclaimed architecture and design studio, Simon Dance Design, who through subtle combinations of natural and interior lighting has created a quiet backdrop and a sensitive focus for the presentation of artwork. Simon Dance Design has also created a unique microproject space, consisting of a floating white cube set within a black vertical opening. This space will affirm the mission of the gallery to engage in new conversations with a number of international artists through showcasing cutting-edge contemporary art in a unique and challenging format. Artists will be invited to respond in a site-specific way to create a unique small-scale artwork for the cube.
In the main gallery space, Ursa Major, a solo exhibition by Neil Farber, celebrates the imagination, energy and unique quality of the new programme at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. The show debuts Neil Farber's new series of large and visceral paintings and drawings. Together, these works make up a poignant constellation of absurdist drama, echoing and amplifying the surreal qualities of the artist's work made with the highly regarded collective, The Royal Art Lodge.
Neil Farber has recently exhibited at La Maison Rouge, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Drawing Center, New York, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Arken Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark, Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf, Center for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, and Seoul Museum of Art, Korea. Farber's work is held in the collections of MoMA, New York, West Collection, Pennsylvania and Olbricht Collection, Essen and Berlin.
Simon Dance worked with John Pawson for ten years. He has developed and completed a number of projects for leading figures and organisations in the arts including Callum Innes, Edinburgh, Art & Auction, New York, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, Louise Blouin Foundation (with James Turrell), London, and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow.
Press View: Thursday 17 November 2011, 3-5pm
Preview: Thursday 17 November 2011, 6-8.30pm