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John Currin's first solo exhibition in Asia set to open at Gagosian Hong Kong
John Currin, Untitled, 2019. Oil on canvas, 30 x 22 in 76.2 x 55.9 cm. © John Currin. Photo: Rob McKeever Courtesy Gagosian.

HONG KONG.- Gagosian will present new portraits by John Currin. This is his first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and his first exhibition in Asia.

Conflating inspirative sources of high and low culture, from old masters to soft-porn pinups, Currin channels his prodigious painterly skills into idealized yet perverse images that both charm and challenge.

As a graduate student at Yale University in the 1980s, Currin recognized a “forced masculinity” in the Abstract Expressionist mode of painting that he had been practicing; consequently, he began exploring themes of innocence, humor, and eroticism, creating highly mannerist images of horses and girls with feathered hair, large-headed caricatures, and portraits of individuals and couples made in a painterly language entirely his own. Currin’s detailed renderings of human flesh in sensuous, glowing brushwork has frequently prompted comparison to the Dutch masters, including the celebrated Golden Age painter Cornelis van Haarlem, alongside whose paintings Currin’s were exhibited at the Frans Hals Museum in the Netherlands in 2011.

Currin’s current exhibition at Dallas Contemporary in the United States focuses on his depictions of men and masculinity throughout the course of his career. Titled My Life as a Man, after Philip Roth’s sardonic confessional novel about unrequited male angst, this exhibition presents a parade of awkward, self-conscious characters and fantastical artistic emanations that draw beauty and the grotesque in equal measure into the dance of id and ego.

In a series of new portraits, Currin returns to his most beloved subject: women. These latest paintings demonstrate some persistent themes in Currin’s oeuvre, as well as a deep exploration of the genre of female portraiture. Characteristically, these women often appear as half-real, half-imagined, as though only part of the artist’s subject were held up to a distorting mirror, with the rest left intact.

In one painting, a woman in classical drapery is posed against a blank, gray background, one delicate hand placed protectively over her exposed breast, her attitude at odds with the delirious expression on her face. In another, a woman wearing a silk head wrap is set against a yellow background. Her expression, with its inert smile, is vacant; her matronly bosom, covered in a floral-printed blouse, slopes downward, ending comically and abruptly at the limits of the painting. The resulting affect is one of both nostalgic sweetness and total disengagement.

In another painting, a woman bearing a passing resemblance to Currin’s wife—the artist Rachel Feinstein, who is an inexhaustible subject and model for her husband—inclines her head as if in a classical portrait, her hair tumbling romantically around her bare shoulders. Her expression of pure, loving bliss seems to be directed generally outward rather than at the painter himself, conveying an impression of beneficence more than passion. Despite being tinged with irony, Currin’s deep affection and affinity for his subjects are evident, his eloquent brushstrokes conveying satire and sincerity in equal measure.

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