This month sees Sprüth Magers Gallery host artist Gary Hume’s first solo exhibition in Berlin for over fifteen years.
It's titled 'Bird In A Fishtank', and in it Hume will be presenting a selection of new work including a major large-scale six-panel painting, a group of six paintings, four sculptures and, for the first time, five works on paper.
The six paintings form a series of large-format works painted with Hume’s trademark seductive bright colours, given extra luminosity through the use of gloss paint on aluminum.
The images are stripped to their essential shapes imbuing any details with increased significance - allowing the works such as 'The Bridge' (2009) to be read both as representation as well as abstract interlinking shapes.
The source images are taken from cheerleader magazines, with the unusual viewpoints and angles capturing the movement of the bodies, and closely-cropped images providing a visual challenge to the eye.
The contrast of the pastel colours and flesh tones with the cropped images of dissected bodies conveys a sense of dislocation and the disquiet at the heart of representations of American beauty.
The show is on now until August the 21st, and Sprüth Magers will also be concurrently presenting an exhibition by Andreas Schulze.
If you can't make it to Berlin to see the show, you can always wear Hume's work this season: Marni have just released a collection of tops created in collaboration with him...