Pippy Houldsworth Gallery Celebrates Five Years With Star-Studded Show

Artists include Paul McCarthy, Mary Kelly, Carrie Mae Weems, and Shana Moulton.

"5 Years at Heddon Street" installation view. Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery.

Gallerist Pippy Houldsworth is celebrating five years at her Mayfair space on Heddon Street with an exhibition of new and unseen work by artists who have shown at the gallery in this period.

Seeking to juxtapose younger artists with more established figures, the gallery has opted for a salon-style hang, with artists of all ages and profiles shown side by side.

David Batchelor Colour Chart 81 (blue). Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

David Batchelor, Colour Chart 81 (blue). Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth gallery.

The artists on view Paul McCarthy, Mary Kelly, Arlene Shechet, Carrie Mae Weems, Gary Hume, Shezad Dawood, Ian Davenport, and Shana Moulton.

On entering the gallery, the first works in the exhibition are a mixed media work by Richard Wentworth, titled Doggerland (2016), and Every Angle is an Angel (2016) by Shana Moulton, which is the only film work in the show.

Moulton’s piece, which was installed as a site-specific work at the Palais de Tokyo from February to September 2016, explores the drug-like effects of ordinary household products, with a focus on “Special K” cereal, with humorous results.

Nearby is a minimalist work featuring architectural interventions by the young American artist Luke Diiorio who experiments with surface and the boundaries of painting.

A new lint work by Mary Kelly explores the changing of ideas over generations, using the instructions for the assembly of a bomb shelter overlaid onto tumble dryer lint, a unique material for the artist.

Mary Kelly <i> How to Build an Ourdoor Bomb Shelter</i> (2016). Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

Mary Kelly,  How to Build an Ourdoor Bomb Shelter (2016). Courtesy Pippy Houldsworth gallery.

Kelly’s work sits on the wall near a piece by the young female painter Stefanie Heinze, as a perfect example of the gallery’s intentions to show the range of artists it works with.

Another female artist in the show is Carrie Mae Weems, with an image from her “Colored People” series, titled Golden Yella Girl (1997), which hangs on the wall near two spherical paintings by David Batchelor in an unexpectedly wonderful combination.

Carrie Mae Weems Golden Yella Girl (1997). Courtesy Pippy Houlsdworth Gallery

Carrie Mae Weems,  Golden Yella Girl (1997). Courtesy Pippy Houlsdworth gallery.

On the final wall of the exhibition hang drawings by Gary Hume, two small taxidermy sculptures by Polly Morgan, two drawings in pen by Alina Szapocznikow, and work by recent RA graduate Aimee Parrott.

“5 Years at Heddon Street” is a brilliant showcase of what the gallery has achieved since taking up residence at the space, and although the amount of work could be seen as overwhelming, the range of art on view is utterly refreshing.

5 Years at Heddon Street” is on view at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, until February 4, 2017.


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