Lévy Gorvy is pleased to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2018—the gallery’s fifth year at the fair and its second under the new partnership of Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy. This year marks Lévy Gorvy’s inaugural presence with a newly instated team in Asia, led by Danqing Li, Senior Director.
Anchored in the gallery’s acclaimed program, Lévy Gorvy’s booth (1C14) features works by a diverse group of artists, including Willem de Kooning, Zao Wou-Ki, Pierre Soulages, Rudolf Stingel, Frank Stella, Carol Rama, Andy Warhol, and Yayoi Kusama, among others.
Lévy Gorvy is particularly pleased to present a group of paintings by internationally celebrated artist Pat Steir: four works from her new series, “For Hong Kong” (2017–2018), were created in homage to the artistic and literary heritage of East Asian cultures. Distinguished by a vertical, central fissure that the artist refers to as a “split,” Steir’s paintings are part of an ongoing body of work called “Kairos,” which debuted in September 2017 in an exhibition at Lévy Gorvy’s New York gallery. Her signature pouring technique reflects Steir’s intuitive relationship with Eastern thought, disclosing a Zen-like emptiness that simultaneously suggests a sensuous fullness. To achieve this effect, Steir pours thinned paint from the upper edge of an upright canvas. Surrendering her gestures to chance, the artist allows gravity, time, and the paint’s fluidity to determine the final image—an approach which embodies the dialectics of intuition and chance that have defined Steir’s work for six decades. Steir approaches each painting as “a physical and spiritual act” reminiscent of the Chinese literati paintings from the Tang (618–907), Song (960–1279), and Ming (1368–1644) dynasties. Using nature to convey an interior world, literati paintings typically consist of landscapes featuring solitary figures amidst the vastness of mountains, forests, and waterfalls, with poetry inscribed in the space of the sky.
Additionally, Lévy Gorvy’s booth features works that foreground cross-cultural exchange and great artist friendships. Pierre Soulages’ Peinture 130 x 92 cm, 8 avril 1989 (1989), Zao Wou-Ki’s 22.11.2002-10.12.2003 (2002–2003), Andy Warhol’s Marilyn (Reversal) (1979–1986), Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Nets I.N. PQR (2007), and Rudolf Stingel’s Untitled (2015) will be presented together. These works reconsider space and seriality, and, in many ways, represent a cross-thread between traditionally Eastern and Western aesthetic sensibilities.