Tanya Leighton is pleased to present a curated feature of newly finished works by a selection of the gallery’s artists.
These new and recent works, across a variety of medium and scale, would have been the foundation of the gallery’s presentation at Art Basel this June. In light of the event’s cancellation, we are proud to be sharing our artists’ unique perspectives with you in our first online Viewing Room.
We hope that this new platform provides an authentic experience for you to encounter and enjoy the works of many of our artists.
The artist started his Puuuuuuuff pieces in the late 1990s, covering canvases with cotton balls coated in thick, colorful paint to create textured, three-dimensional surfaces that riff on the tradition of modernist abstract painting. By infusing his works with humor and absurdity, Belott makes a space for creativity and invention, stating, ‘A well-delivered joke could save the world’.
–Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley
Whitney Museum of American Art
The problem is that part of me is a formalist who loves Mondrian and Agnes Martin and wants to make something so empty, and so clean and crisp, but then the other half of me is someone who would set the Mondrian on fire and is a dadaist.
For me, I call it the hermaphroditic principle, the combination of opposites. Everything is about fusion — if you could just pick two unlikely things and force them together, that is where the sparks fly.