19 November - 8 December 2018 |
PRIVATE VIEW 22 November 6pm-8.30pm (rsvp requested)
Talk with the Artist: 27 November, opening speech by Tamar Beruchashvili, UK Ambassador to Georgia (rsvp requested)
Katrine Levin Galleries at La Galleria Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade, London SW1Y 4UY
Described as a ‘living legend’ by Dante magazine, Levan Lagidze is one of Georgia’s most prominent artists whose work is collected by national museums across the former USSR and in the US, including the iconic State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the National Gallery in Tbilisi. This autumn The Georgian Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi opened a new building with a hall dedicated to the artist’s work.
Lagidze is known for his highly structured and layered abstract paintings, philosophical approach to art and his unwavering support for Georgian art and artists. He is sought-after in the international art world, where his paintings have recently fetched high sums at auction in New York, but is notoriously reclusive and shy of wide exposure, preferring to exhibit exclusively in his own gallery in Tbilisi.
Katrine Levin Galleries is proud to be hosting Bach Exercises, the first major exhibition that the artist has agreed to outside Georgia for 20 years, to be held in London 19 November to 8 December 2018.
“The exhibition title reflects the ‘cadence’ of the paintings, where the myriad of tiny universes built up along a grid intermingle in a symphony of rich chromatic notes. Through this rhythm Lagidze seeks to know the universe through colour as Bach did through sound.” Katrine Levin, Curator
Levan Lagidze’s works are accessible and self-explanatory. Layers of colour and structure entice the viewer to look deeper into the paintings where they discover connections to universal narratives such as landscape and urbanisation. Colour is at the heart of his work:
“It is said that painting is the art of showing colour – but to me it is the art of hiding colour. Colour needs to be hidden in order to entice the viewer into searching deeper.” Levan Lagidze
Born in 1958 in Tbilisi, Georgia, Lagidze graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 1981. He founded and led the Artists’ Studio in the Tbilisi Artists’ House in 1983 and served as Chairman of Georgia´s Young Artists’ Union from 1986 to 1989. Lagidze continued his support of young Georgian artists during the turbulent and violent decade following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the 1990s. In 2011 he founded the Lagidze Gallery which showcases his works and hosts exhibitions, presentations and talks in Georgia’s capital. There you will often find a mix of writers, composers, diplomats, and corporate leaders who have dropped in for an exchange of jokes or a philosophical discussion.
Bach Exercises presents 25 recent paintings created specifically for the London exhibition and is open to the public 19 November to 8 December at La Galleria Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4UY, Monday-Saturday 10am-6.30pm.
Levan Lagidze | Bach Exercises
19 November - 8 December 2018
PRIVATE VIEW 22 November 6pm-8.30pm
TALK WITH THE ARTIST 27 November, Reception with Tamar Beruchashvili, UK Ambassador to Georgia
Katrine Levin Galleries, La Galleria Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, London SW1Y 4UY Open Mon-Sat 10am-6.30pm
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