RAPHAELA SIMON - Galerie Max Hetzler

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce the exhibition Sterne with new works by Raphaela Simon at Bleibtreustraße 45. This is the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery.

Simon's ladies, fashionably dressed and with golden rings on their fingers, the glass of champagne right at hand, describe a crowd usually encountered at exhibition openings – a cigarette in the mouth, sunglasses covering the face, purse and costume in matching colours. Simon makes figures out of various fabrics in an elaborate and detailed manner. The hair is accurately composed of pieces of textile, polished nails are applied to the fingertips and visible seams mark distinctive facial features.

For the first time Raphaela Simon presents a selection of these fabric figures together with new paintings. Simon's canvases are defined by  clear and simple compositions. Structures and forms are being constantly repeated, colours such as light blue, white and black carry like a thread through her entire work. While the associative titles of her paintings, such as Pflaster (patch), Hut (hat) and Schirm (umbrella) immediately give a figurative idea to the abstract works, the titles almost repetitively describe her sculptures: Lila Frau (violet woman), Tasche (bag), Hund (dog).

On the margin of the society, there is a shady person, dressed in dark colours. The hand in a black glove, reaching out to grab, he is seemingly taken from a film noir and gives an odd turn to the group. It is the gestures, poses and arrangement in the exhibition space that give rise to characters and enable relations to one another. The figures create their own narration.

A catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

Raphaela Simon (* Villingen) lives and works in Berlin. Simon studied with Peter Doig at the Academy of Arts Düsseldorf and in the class of Günther Förg at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Her works were part of solo and group exhibitions at Victoria Miro Gallery (2018); TRAMPS/Michael Werner, New York (2017); Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles (2016 and 2015) and TRAMPS, London (2014), among others.

Further exhibitions, events and fair participations:

André Butzer
1 Eis, bitte! (1999)
13 November 2018 - 9 February 2019
41 Dover Street, W1S 4NS London

Inge Mahn
10 January – 16.February 2019
57, rue du Temple 75004 Paris

Günther Förg
An Intimate Encounter: The Early Years
19 February – 6 April 2019
Opening: 19 February, 6-8 pm
41 Dover Street, W1S 4NS London

Jérémy Demester
21 February – 30 March 2019
Opening: 21 February, 6-8 pm
57, rue du Temple 75004 Paris

Urs Fischer
1 March – 12 April 2019
Opening: 1 March, 6-8 pm
Bleibtreustraße 45, 10623 Berlin
Goethestraße 2/3, 10623 Berlin

TEFAF Maastricht
16 – 24 March 2019

Art Basel Hong Kong
29 – 31 March 2019

Press contact:
Galerie Max Hetzler
Berlin: +49 30 346 497 85-0