RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO | THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER
Sep
6
to Oct 13

RAPHAEL MAZZUCCO | THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER

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For the past 25 years, Canadian photographer Raphael Mazzucco has garnered acclaim from the international fashion community for his notable portraits of celebrities and models shot for leading brands, publications, and campaigns including Victoria’s Secret, Guess Jeans, Ralph Lauren, and Bergdorf Goodman, among others. Since foraying his talents into a fine art career, Mazzucco’s mixed-media works that couple fashion iconography with photographic assemblage have been met with widespread praise from the art world following a two-year tour of exhibitions that traveled the globe.

His overarching visual narratives are strongly inspired by the female form, set against a backdrop of remarkable landscapes spanning continents, from Icelandic glaciers to African wildlife, the outback of Western Australia to Vietnamese rice paddies. He incorporates these cinematized natural forms into complex and layered compositions through the methodical application of paint, collage, and hand-lettered texts. This personalized technique has earned Mazzucco a unique place in today’s contemporary art world.

Raphael’s groundbreaking career is illustrated in full color in a new collector’s edition book; The Never-Ending Summer. The book includes stunning behind-the-scenes photography and exclusive memoirs from Raphael’s closest family, as well as anecdotes from models and muses he has worked with.

Mazzucco has had major exhibitions all across the world, including Milan, Florence, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Los Angeles, Art Basel in Miami and New York City, all met with critical recognition. He has produced artwork and photo essay book collaborations with music impresario, Jimmy Iovine and rap producer, Sean “Diddy” Combs, who are also personal collectors of his work. His photographs have also appeared across some of the world’s most noted media – Vogue, Playboy, Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated to name a few. 

Raphael’s work is currently on view for a traveling exhibition in Italy with a final stop in Rome. Simultaneously, he kicked-off a month-long exhibition in London’s esteemed Castle Fine Art, Mayfair. The tour continues at Chase Contemporary and will conclude at a major show in Los Angeles.

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LIU SHUISHI | RETROSPECTIVE
Sep
8
to Oct 13

LIU SHUISHI | RETROSPECTIVE

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Chase Contemporary is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Chinese painter and installation artist Liu Shuishi at the gallery’s new space located at 521 west 23rd Street.
 

Liu Shuishi’s (b. 1962) powerful work reflects the artist’s ongoing concern with modernity's complex history and the isolation and instability of contemporary life. Influenced by both Western philosophers, as well as German and Abstract Expressionism, Shuishi renders figures with large heads and exaggerated features in highly gestural, bold brushstrokes. Chinese traditional art and calligraphy ally with the thick impasto paint strokes to make works rich in formal presentation as well as content.  His work has been a lifelong exploration of the history of western and eastern art combined with his profound connection to the history of philosophy. Highly reflective of traditional Chinese brushstroke calligraphy, his style combines this with bold, gestural and painterly brushstrokes that sweep across the canvas creating a colorful visual fantasy that keeps your eye moving around the canvas. The abstract marks, gestures and thick impasto paint strokes relate to figures and objects, but in an elusive and ambiguous style. Rather, the artist is focused on the energy within the mark or gesture. The significance of his painting is his ability to perceive human nature from the inside out, to find the truth of existence through a highly original style of painting.

This exhibition showcases paintings that reflect the artist’s oeuvre since his transition from more traditional Chinese landscape painting to his unique brand of existential expressionism.

Shuishi exhibited at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the Salon Du Carrousel du Louvre in 2009, The Grand Palace Paris in 2009, National Art Museum of China Beijing in 2006, along with scores of gallery exhibitions in China and abroad. While Shuishi has shown extensively over the past 15 plus years, this exhibition is the first time a large body of work is available for presentation, as well as private and museum acquisition.

Chase Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery and artist project space with two prominent locations in Chelsea, New York’s fine art district. While the core of both Chase galleries is to exhibit work by established international artists, the gallery also has Chase Editions, a print and publishing program for gallery artists.  Furthermore, Chase is dedicated to its ongoing philanthropic service to the community and is proud to devote its energy and resources to Chase Projects.
 

For further information, press packet and images please contact the gallery at info@chasecontemporary.com

 

 
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May
17
to Jul 4

MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS

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“HE HAS SPENT 30 YEARS DEFTLY RENDERING SOME OF THE MOST ELUSIVE ICONS OF POPULAR CULTURE. IN A NEW RETROSPECTIVE BOOK, VANITY FAIR PORTRAITIST MARK SELIGER FOCUSES IN ON HIS PERSONAL BEST.” —VANITY FAIR

Select photographs by iconic American photographer Mark Seliger, chosen from his extraordinary portfolio, are showcased in his new book MARK SELIGER PHOTOGRAPHS (Abrams; May 2018; $75.00), with an interview by American film producer, writer, and director Judd Apatow. Seliger has captured some of the most memorable, seminal, and critically acclaimed images featuring the most famous and influential faces of our time, including Kurt Cobain, Nelson Mandela, Leonardo DiCaprio, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Emma Stone, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne, Matthew Barney, Jennifer Lawrence, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, Jay-Z, Misty Copeland, Amy Schumer, and Paul McCartney.

Mark Seliger is a preeminent American photographer. Described by Marlon James as a “storyteller first, he defies the notion that a photograph is not supposed to move. Whether capturing a big star about to supernova, a living legend coming down to mortal size, or an unknown kid on Christopher Street finally finding himself by putting on a dress, Seliger ignites his images with kinetic energy and excitement — even when the subject is completely still.”

Seliger began working for Rolling Stone in 1987 and served as its chief photographer from 1992 to 2001. His work has appeared in Vanity Fair, ELLE, GQ, Vogue ItaliaThe New Yorker, Purple, and in museums and galleries worldwide.

 

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Mar
15
to Apr 30

RETNA X WARHOL

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We are proud to present an Exhibition sure to be remembered.  The Retna-Warhol exhibition. Andy Warhol, whose name alone sparks a conversation that transcends time and cultures. Warhol is an iconic artist whose works are displayed in galleries and museums globally. He is among the greatest artists of our lifetime. Best known as the leader of the art movement known as Pop Art.Warhol's company included the legendary Jean-Michel Basquait. In addition to his friendship with Basquiat, with whom he collaborated on several artworks with, he had associations with Julian Schnabel, David Salle and other so-called Neo-Expressionists, as well as members of the Transavantgardia movement in Europe, including Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cucchi.

Retna was born in Mid City Los Angeles and started his art career at the young age of 8.  A graffiti writer who roamed the streets during the prolific street art movement of the 80's and 90's, he became a legend. In the late 80's, the young Retna was painting murals on buses, trains and walls that he called his "canvas."  As a youth, he joined a group of other young graffiti writers and traveled throughout the country painting everywhere and everything they could find that needed a touch of paint.  This became his passion and his life.

Today Retna is among the top graffiti artists in the world.  In addition to exhibiting at institutions and prestigious galleries in London, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong (and the list goes on), Retna has done work for brands such as VistaJet, Louis Vuitton, and Nike.

Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway. He has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

Chase Contemporary is proud to have these two artist side by side.  The Retna-Warhol exhibition is a natural fit, two iconic and inspiring artists.  In 2014, Retna was featured in Hong Kong together with Keith Haring in a show that many still talk about today, and we follow up by presenting another show that includes this young artist, Retna, and the legendary Warhol.

 

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Nov
4
to Nov 16

BERNIE TAUPIN | AMERICAN TEXTURE

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Since the dawn of modern man—roughly around the time that we decided unibrows were unfashionable and that it was easier to hit Burger King than to throw down with a nearby mountain goat—only a handful of us have harnessed unnatural creative superpowers. We common folk have been graced by their presence as artists, musicians, and indubitably talented banjo players jamming for dollars on the L train. And while only a mere few have been fortunate enough to possess any of these oft-desired gifts, Artist/Songwriter Bernie Taupin defines (almost) all of them.

Hailing from Lincolnshire, UK circa 1950 (think Peaky Blinders devoid of the unnecessary violence and ubiquitous three-piece-suits), Taupin received his creative proclivities from his mother’s encouragement in literature, poetry, and art. Sixty years later, he has become a master of visual productions, conveying powerful motifs in a coalescence of string, spray paint, wood stain, pop-art, and more.

Oh, did we forget to mention his side gig? Taupin has made a name for himself both with words and visual art. With musical partner Elton John (and a few others), he’s amassed a repertoire of over 29 albums. Taupin has been responsible for penning classics such as “Tiny Dancer,” “Rocket Man,” and infamous karaoke super-hit and Whalebone office favorite, Starship’s “We Built This City.” Don’t knock it ‘til you try it.

For the past 30 years, Taupin has drawn creative inspiration from his sun-soaked California domicile and adopted homeland. His recurring use of the American flag in his art pays tribute to the American West and the patriotic freedom he enjoys. All of these themes are prevalent in his upcoming show titled “American Texture.” Having become famous for his songwriting, Taupin considers himself a storyteller, and his visual productions are an extension of his mastery of words, often using found objects and repurposed material and artifacts to create a narrative. His titles, therefore, define his final works as much as aesthetic elements, cueing to deeper meaning using string, spray paint, wood stain, and elements of pop art. He also expresses emotions through color and form, rendering imagery inspired by Mark Rothko, Rauschenberg and Barnett Newman.

Perhaps second only to Hank Moody and those guys singing on that bus in Almost Famous, we’re big fans of Bernie’s music and moreover, his artistic work. We are happy to announce that his collection of art will be exhibited this November at the IV New York, which also just so happens to be our office. Pack your lunchbox. And don’t worry, while it might be a long long time ‘till touchdown brings me round again to find, the solo exhibition begins November 4th. So come check it out. 

 

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