Gary Hume’s first one-person exhibition in Los Angeles in over twenty-five years opens at Matthew Marks

Matthew Marks is presenting Gary Hume, an exhibition in his galleries at 1062 North Orange Grove and 7818 Santa Monica Boulevard. Featuring eight recent paintings in enamel on aluminum or paper and two new sculptures, this is the artist’s first one-person exhibition in Los Angeles in over twenty-five years. Hume’s new paintings include several large-scale depictions of the sea. Some have life jackets floating across them, while others are left resolutely empty, their wide horizontal format and undulating monochrome surface recalling a Monet Water Lily updated for the twenty-first century. The high-gloss finish in Hume’s paintings, a feature of the household enamel he has used since the late 1980s, allows each work to be perceived as both object and image — he once described his paintings as “the thinnest sculptures in the world.”

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