NYOMAN MASRIADI

 

in Paul Kasmin Gallery / New York
APR 28, 2016 - JUN 18, 2016

 

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A solo exhibition by leading Indonesian painter Nyoman Masriadi is set to open at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York on April 28.

The show will introduce Masriadi's new paintings alongside rarely seen works he created between 2012 and 2014. This is his second solo show at the gallery.

The Yogyakarta-based artist is known for works that offer witty, and at times provocative, social critique toward modern life and culture in Indonesia.

His bold paintings mainly depict superhuman figures that often cross indigenous influences with archetypal icons borrowed from the global culture.

Born in 1973, Masriadi studied at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta. He received the inaugural Asia Arts Award from the Asia Society in 2013.

Masriadi is widely considered as Southeast Asia's most well-received contemporary artist at auctions. His boxing-themed triptych, "The Man From Bantul (The Final Round)," was sold for more than $1 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong in 2008, setting an auction record for living contemporary artists in the region.

"Masriadi has emerged as one of Asia's strongest and most singular voices in contemporary painting," a statement from the Paul Kasmin Gallery said. "First emerging in the late 1990s in the beginning of the post-Suharto era, Masriadi has earned international acclaim for his masterful, large-scale narrative works that provoke with their sharp observations the human condition."

Among Masriadi's new paintings that will be displayed in the upcoming solo exhibition are "Old Master (Angry Samuro)" and "Bounty Hunter," both of which depict monumental and muscular warriors.

There is also his 2016 work, "Not Bad," which represents "a mockery of an allegorical, narcissistic character who believes his looks are more important than skill," according to the gallery.

The exhibition will be on display at the Paul Kasmin Gallery until June 18.

 

Paul Kasmin Gallery

293 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY I000I

 

 

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