Lehmann Maupin recently announced its representation of American artist McArthur Binion. The artist’s richly layered works are autobiographical abstractions replete with personal references and ephemera inserted into his signature grid format.
At first glance, Binion’s works appear to be minimalist abstractions, which has led many to compare his works to that of Robert Ryman, Jasper Johns, or Brice Marden. A closer inspection reveals a dense subconscious of personal information through family photographs, birth certificates, newspaper clippings, and pages from his address book. A complex and laborious hand-drawn line work allows him to both reveal and obscure information. The artist makes innovative use of oil stick, using it in thick application to impose a rigid formalism to his gridded compositions.
Binion initially pursued creative writing but later switched to painting, fascinated by the latter’s philosophical potential. For the past 25 years, the artists has been honing a uniquely intimate mode of formal and narrative abstraction that is strikingly personal as well as historically significant.
Rachel Lehmann said: “We were immediately drawn to McArthur’s work when we saw it at the Venice Biennale last year. His use of minimalism and abstraction, and the social and political issues he addresses through images of his personal history is strongly engaged with Lehmann Maupin’s programing and has ties to the work of Kader Attia, Teresita Fernández, Shirazeh Houshiary, Liza Lou, Cecilia Vicuña, and Nari Ward. He is one of the most important artists of his generation.”
McArthur Binion’s first exhibition with Lehmann Maupin will open in Hong Kong in fall 2018, followed by a New York exhibition in winter 2019.