ALIGHT2 Oct — 14 Oct 2017 MAISON ASSOULINE 196A PICCADILLY LONDON W1
This Frieze luxury book publisher Assouline will collaborate with art-world power couple, Simon & Michaela de Pury and Carl Kostyál to present a curated show of never before seen works by Austin Lee. The exhibition, launching on 2nd October and running until 14th October, will be hosted at Maison Assouline.
Maison Assouline is a one-of-a-kind ‘culture concept’ store, located in the heart of Piccadilly, and has firmly established itself within the London scene. It has become a sanctuary of culture and style for Londoners, making it the perfect place to host this year’s most exciting Frieze London show. The store will host a curated selection of art installations, sculptures and paintings chosen by the de Purys and Carl Kostyál which will be displayed throughout the Grade II listed building by Edwin Lutyens.
Simon de Pury comments, “We are thrilled to be exhibiting new work by Austin Lee. He is an exciting young artist whose work is already being collected by some major collectors around the world. We are very happy to collaborate on this with our friend Carl Kostyál and are most grateful to Prosper Assouline for lending us his spectacular building on Piccadilly. It is one of my favourite houses built by the great architect Edwin Lutyens.”
The exhibition ‘Alight’ will showcase a new sculpture and paintings by American contemporary artist Austin Lee. Lee is an internationally recognised artist based in New York and is famed for his playful, airbrushed acrylics that illustrate the experience of living life through screens in the traditional medium of painting. Lee creates drafts of his idiosyncratic pictures on an iPad, transferring them to paintings and drawings using airbrush and conventional painting techniques.
Together with the exhibition Lee will also launch the second edition of his book, “SPHERES” and a corresponding App. Readers can discover Austin Lee’s work and process with the app using augmented reality. The publication Spheres is the creative documentation of a close collaboration between Austin Lee and the editor, graphic designer Philippe Karrer.
Prosper Assouline comments, “We are delighted to be partnering with de Pury de Pury and Carl Kostyál to bring Maison Assouline, our culture concept store, alive for Frieze London this year”
The exhibition will be open 7 days a week, 10am to 8pm with free entry from 2–14 October at Maison Assouline, 196A Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EY.