Spotlight: A colorful exhibition highlighting a trio of international artists opens in New York

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What do you want to know: The exhibition “Contemporary artis the second show in a four-part series presented by SmithDavidson, where each subsequent exhibition exemplifies a key pillar of the gallery’s philosophy and program. The current show features a diverse trio of internationally renowned artists: Lita Cabellut, Zhuang Hong Yi and Matthijs Scholten, who is making his New York debut. Not limited by a single thematic premise, the show presents a wide range of mediums, styles and subjects, and includes exemplary new works by each of the three featured artists. Taken as a whole, the show is a kaleidoscopic tableau that highlights modern variations on traditional techniques and materials as well as contrasting approaches to contemporary artistic priorities and themes.

Why we love it: Each of the artists depicted in “contemporary art” has developed a distinctive visual language and artistic style, but together their bold and sometimes dazzling uses of color lend an impressive cohesion. Featuring stylistically recognizable examples of each of the three artists’ works, the show fosters unique juxtapositions and interesting dialogues between their works. For Lita Cabellut, originally from Spain, early exposure to Spanish masters is one of the main inspirations for her monumental portraits. Using large-scale canvases and a modern adaptation of traditional fresco technique, works such as Frida, Juventud Color Cereza (2021) evoke large wall and ceiling paintings from the Old World. Meanwhile, Flower bed (2019) is emblematic of Zhuang Hong Yi’s signature style, is composed of meticulously folded, vibrantly pigmented pieces of rice paper arranged in a dense circle. As the artist said of this recurring floral motif in her work, “All over the world, flowers represent peace, happiness, and prosperity. We may not all speak the same language, but we all read flowers. Matthijs Scholten’s confident hand is reminiscent of Jean-Michel Basquiat and early street art, but is still recognizably his own. Talisman III (2022) demonstrates Scholten’s ability to harness chaos, symbolism and figuration to create captivating visual compositions.

According to the Gallery: “The SmithDavidson Gallery exhibits a dynamic range of leading contemporary art in a variety of mediums. The mission of the gallery is to acquire and present the work of significant artists whose work has defined or expanded the parameters of the visual arts… After the highly successful “Free or Form” exhibition over the summer… Matthijs Scholten will have its inaugural exhibition in New York City alongside new works by internationally acclaimed artists Lita Cabellut and Zhuang Hong Yi.

See the works in the exhibition below.

Mathijs Scholten, Talisman III (2022). Courtesy of SmithDavidson.

Zhuang Hong Yi, Flower bed (2019). Courtesy of SmithDavidson Gallery.

Contemporary artis on view through October 2, 2022 at SmithDavidson, New York, 507 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.

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