Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Michael Werner Gallery / Hannah Hoffman Gallery 2022
With text by Chloe Stead and a conversation with the artist
This book, jointly published by Galerie Max Hetzler, Michael Werner Gallery and Hannah Hoffman Gallery, features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Raphaela Simon from 2012 to 2021, as well as a text by Chloe Stead and conversation with the artist.
Publisher: Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Michael Werner Gallery / Hannah Hoffman Gallery
Publication date: October 2022
Binding: Hardcover, 336 pages
Dimensions: 25.5 x 31.5 x 3 cm
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Raphaela Simon (b. 1986) is known for her paintings of simple, non-distinct forms set against monochromatic backdrops. To make these, the artist works in several stages, overpainting and modifying elements in a slow, continuous process. Simon generates forms of palimpsest, with colours shining through the different layers, adding nuances to the compositions. Often evoking portraits, Simon’s works are titled after ordinary objects and motifs, thereby suggesting a latent figurative potential; through this action, the artist plays with the desire of the viewer to imbue abstract forms with meaning. Since 2018, Simon has also been creating elaborate objects and figures in fabric which, carefully staged, develop their own narration and a dialogue with the works on canvas.
‘[Simon] explores the territory between representation and pure abstraction […]. She cherry-picks ideas about simple geometries (and stripes) from Peter Halley, Frank Stella and Agnes Martin, but filters them through her own notions of wit, scale, materials and abbreviation. It is of utmost importance that her oil surfaces are layered, which gives them solidity, and that the edges of her many stripes rarely seem ruled, which gives them life.’
R. Smith, in The New York Times, 2018
Artist page on maxhetzler.com