David Salle at Lehmann Maupin

Lehmann Maupin is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by David Salle; the American artist who has long been regarded as a leader in the return to figurative painting in the 1980s. During that period, Salle helped define and develop the postmodern sensibility that sought to deconstruct any hierarchy between image and meaning, and allowed for a fluiddialogue between all of the arts—performance, literature, music, visual art, and media. By combining figuration with a varied pictorial language, Salle creates complex visual narratives that draw inspiration from art history, advertising, design, and American culture. Salle’s most recent body of work exemplifies his continued commitment to exploring the thematic and formal possibilities of painting, and the development of his rich visual language. There will be an opening reception at the gallery in Hong Kong on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 6-8PM.


In 1993, Salle created his Early Product Paintings, a series in which flatly painted backgrounds of collaged advertisements served as backdrops for the artist’s performative and improvised interventions. His most recent work revisits the 1993 series and further highlights, even more intensely, Salle’s ability to create complex images composed of varied gestures, colors, and forms that offer multiple readings. By layering silkscreened or transfer-print photographs of a hooded figure, images of 1950s and 60s Americana, free-hand charcoal drawing, as well as abstract marks, the artist builds compositions that challenge our assumptions of how to experience and understand a painting. Though he incorporates recognizable images—a snowman, a waffle, a camera lens, a car—these references are not intended as a specific commentary on a time period or object. Rather, each work is an investigation of the myriad possibilities of painting itself, and how the images and marks join together to create a poetic field that explores the “what and how” of a composition. Each image, as well as each mark, adds a certain flavor, scent, or tone that contributes to the overall harmony of the work. The paintings offer, first and foremost, a rich visual experience—they are not intended to be simply “understood” in a literal manner. For Salle, a painting is never one thing, but the sum of the elements and styles he forcibly brings together to create an image


Start Date

September 8, 2016

End Date

November 12, 2016


11:00 AM - 06:00 PM


Lehmann Maupin, 407 Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street Cenral, Hong Kong

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