Entanglements: Louise Bonnet and Adam Silverman at Hollyhock House (duo show)
Hollyhock House, Los Angeles
15 February – 24 June 2023
As their first formal collaboration, Louise Bonnet and her partner, ceramicist Adam Silverman, will take over the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, marking the first artistic intervention at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring new work in dialogue with the space, Bonnet’s paintings and drawing and Silverman’s ceramics engage the legendary house’s 100-year history as a platform for artists and experimentation. The works will be installed in Hollyhock House's public rooms where Aline Barnsdall's celebrated art collection was once on display.
Known for her portraits of exaggerated proportions and grotesque features, Bonnet continually explores emotions of melancholy, loneliness, nostalgia and grief in her works on canvas or paper. Silverman is among the most dynamic practitioners dedicated to ceramics today and is known for his sculptural vessels and richly textured glazes. He brings an architect’s sense of structure to his objects and utilises personal and experimental techniques to glaze and fire his works.
The exhibition opens to the public on 15 February 2023.
Please note, that advance booking is required.
Pisser Triptych, 2021-2022 (permanent collection)
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
We are pleased to announce that Louise Bonnet’s monumental Pisser Triptych, 2021-2022, is now part of the Moderna Museet collection.
Louise Bonnet, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer et al.
Dark Light: Realism in the Age of Post-Truths (group show)
Aïsthi Foundation, Beirut
October 2022 – end date TBC
Works by Louise Bonnet and Celeste Dupuy-Spencer are on view at the Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, in Dark Light: Realism in the Age of Post-Truths. The exhibition assembles the work of over one hundred artists from the Tony and Elham Salamé Collection, presenting recent acquisitions that question the meanings and functions of figuration in contemporary art. As the very definitions of truth have dramatically eroded in the past few years, many contemporary artists have proceeded to analyse, interrogate, and deconstruct the notion of realism, particularly in the field of painting. Bringing together work from an emerging group of artists and their established predecessors, this exhibition subverts conventional notions of beauty, taste, and propriety, depicting a new humanity that is simultaneously monstrous and angelical, carnal and ethereal.
Louise Bonnet, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Louise Bonnet, Robert Grosvenor et al.
The 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams (group show)
The Arsenale, Venice
23 April – 27 November 2022
Louise Bonnet’s new large-scale painting Pisser Triptych, 2021–2022, as well as three sculptures by Robert Grosvenor from 1987–1988, 2018 and 2019, are on view as part of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia: The Milk of Dreams, at the Arsenale in Venice until 27 November 2022. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, this exhibition presents works by 213 artists from 58 countries.
“The Milk of Dreams takes its title from a book by Leonora Carrington (1917–2011), in which the Surrealist artist describes a magical world where life is constantly re-envisioned through the prism of the imagination. It is a world where everyone can change, be transformed, become something or someone else. The exhibition The Milk of Dreams takes Leonora Carrington’s otherworldly creatures, along with other figures of transformation, as companions on an imaginary journey through the metamorphoses of bodies and definitions of the human.
This exhibition is grounded in many conversations with artists held in the last few years. The questions that kept emerging from these dialogues seem to capture this moment in history when the very survival of the species is threatened, but also to sum up many other inquiries that pervade the sciences, arts, and myths of our time. How is the definition of the human changing? What constitutes life, and what differentiates plant and animal, human and non-human? What are our responsibilities towards the planet, other people, and other life forms? And what would life look like without us?
These are some of the guiding questions for this edition of the Biennale Arte, which focuses on three thematic areas in particular: the representation of bodies and their metamorphoses; the relationship between individuals and technologies; the connection between bodies and the Earth.”
– Cecilia Alemani
La Biennale di Venezia