NEWS

Gallery Announcement

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the gallery will be re-open, by appointment only, beginning 18 June. Please join us to see Somaya Critchlow’s first solo show in London: Underneath a Bebop Moon.

The exhibition comprises a body of works that demonstrate a strikingly unfettered range in scale. It includes for the first time some of the larger scale paintings that the artist has completed over the last year, as well as mid-sized works and the miniatures for which she has become known. A new series of watercolours on paper will also make its debut.

For press inquiries please contact the gallery at: [email protected]

Maximillian William is open:
Monday to Friday 11:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Advance appointments can be made online via our appointment calendar, by e-mailing [email protected] or calling +44 207 998 4054.


Image © Damian Griffiths

Book Launch

NEMESIS: Special Edition

May 30, 2020

A special edition of 15 catalogues have been hand-painted and numbered by Reginald Sylvester II. Covered with lively reds and soft whites, these unique books are now available on our website for purchase.

Published on the occasion of NEMESIS, Reginald Sylvester II’s exhibition inaugural exhibition at Maximillian William, London, NEMESIS includes all works in the series, including “A War Within the Soul vs the Flesh”, a vibrant diptych which encapsulates the struggle between the needs of the soul and the desires of the flesh. High resolution shots of each work fill the pages with seductive and chaotic colours, bringing to life the artist’s inner faith and turmoil. Each fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is accompanied by a scholarly text by Michele Robecchi of Phaidon Press.

Gallery Announcement

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

During the current period of Covid-19 induced uncertainty, Maximillian William will be postponing our upcoming exhibition with Somaya Critchlow: Underneath a Bebop Moon.

Although the gallery will be closing temporarily throughout this period, we are continuing to work remotely by telephone (+44 207 998 4054) and email ([email protected]) and would be delighted to hear from you. We look forward to re-opening the gallery soon. In the meantime, our programme will continue online and via social media.

We wish everyone good health and strength in these challenging times.

Image © Damian Griffiths

Exhibition News

Reginald Sylvester II: New Paintings

March 3 – March 29, 2020
James Fuentes, New York

James Fuentes is pleased to present a solo presentation of new works by Reginald Sylvester II. Motivated by a drive to dismantle and rebuild, over the past year and a half Sylvester II has been occupied by a transition into abstract painting, evolving from his figurative works that came before. Through this process, Sylvester II spent time traveling to Bali, Japan, and then Mexico City, where he has kept a studio since. The qualities of music and light in this space have had a profound effect on his work, resulting in his series of “light paintings.”

Reginald Sylvester II, 008 (Transfer Painting), 2020, © the artist

Artist News

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Artist Reginald Sylvester II Reflects on the Evolving Meaning of Space

“The need for natural light… there’s something about its play of outdoor energy being reflected in indoor spaces that moves me. That, in turn, can allow me to live at my best for the time being. Living here in Mexico City has definitely exorcised my use and relation to color within my work. It has also given me a taste of what life could be like when a bit more detached. This has been extremely helpful for my thoughts. This change of cultural and historical landscape has furthered my awareness and the importance of heritage. A people and their collectiveness and how they deal with each other — you get a pretty good sense of that here. By not having much, you could still lead a life just as fruitful and purposeful than the next. That principal in turn aligns with how I want to treat space: not having much yet still exuding extreme amounts of feeling, presence and purpose.”

Photograph of Reginald Sylvester II © by Andrés Navarro

Book Launch

NEMESIS

Maximillian William is pleased to announce the launch of the exhibition catalogue for NEMESIS, Reginald Sylvester II’s first solo exhibition in London. The catalogue is 32 pages of beautiful close ups of Sylvester II’s abstract works as well as images of the works in-situ within the gallery space. Accompanying the work is an except written by Michele Robecchi of Phaidon Press. Designed by Christopher Vanauken with Editorial Direction by Theophilos Constantinou.


NEMESIS Exhibition Catalogue, © Maximillian William

In Conversation

Magda Skupinska and Lucia Pietroiusti
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 12:30pm
Maximillian William, London

Maximillian William will be hosting a conversation between Magda Skupinska and Lucia Pietroiusti, curator of General Ecology at the Serpentine Galleries. Recently, Pietroiusti curated Sun & Sea (Marina) for the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, which was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. Their talk will coincide with Skupinska’s current solo exhibition, Layú. Extending Skupinska’s investigation of the natural world and its phenomena, Layú presents a series of works created with organic materials, such as ground corn for the pigments of her paints in its four original colours (white, yellow, red and blue). For the basis of her canvases, palm fibres were woven by women from the Zapotec community in Santo Domingo Albarradas – a traditional craft passed down from generations, solely among women. This technique is not only a collective activity; it is organic, meticulous and closely tied to nature – all expressions that point to Skupinska’s oeuvre. The exhibition will remain on view through 19 March. To attend this free event please RSVP to [email protected] Space is limited.

Exhibition News

Somaya Critchlow
Xenia: Crossroads in Portrait Painting

11 January – 15 February 2020
Marianne Boesky, New York

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to present Xenia: Crossroads in Portrait Painting, an exhibition that explores the resurgence of portraiture as an incisive platform through which to consider the nature and meaning of identity. As our globalized society becomes increasingly marked by emigration, resettlement, and technological interconnectedness, so too have notions of the self become exponentially fractured and complex. Through the work of seventeen artists, Xenia: Crossroads in Portrait Painting captures the ways in which artists are leveraging the power of the portrait to express these intricacies, exposing the relationship between identity, place, and shifting social norms. The exhibition will be on view from January 11 through February 15, 2020, across both of Marianne Boesky Gallery’s Chelsea locations at 507 and 509 West 24th Street.

Image © Marianne Boesky

Artist News

Reginald Sylvester II
Wolverhampton Art Galler

December 2019

Pleased to announce the recent addition of Reginald Sylvester II’s ‘002601’ into the Wolverhampton Art Gallery’s contemporary collection. Sylvester II conceived the work in London during his travels around Europe in 2017. This was the first time the artist started to use the motif of barcodes as a means to give insight to his works and communicate his titles in a different manner. Aside from its relevance to our constant interaction with them, Sylvester II is persistently trying to find ways of bringing typography into his work without being overtly literal. This work holds particular importance to Sylvester II, as it paved the way for his more recent works that verge towards pure abstraction.⁣

This is the Artists first inclusion within a British Institution. The painting is currently on display in the Contemporary Collection Exhibition, which covers a range of approaches to portraiture. Featuring other works within the museum’s collection.

Image © REGINALD SYLVESTER II
002601, 2017⁣
Oil paste and acrylic on paper
64. 3 x 53.2 in (163.4 x 132.9 cm)⁣
Photography courtesy of Ilona Zielinsk⁣
Artist News

Coco Capitán
Smythson Cards

February 2019

The stationer has collaborated with Coco Capitán to create a design engraved with the Spanish artist’s prose in her trademark handwritten scrawl for a special Valentine’s note for that special someone.

Image © Smythson

In Conversation

Somaya Critchlow and Amanda Renshaw
Role Play

14 January 2019
Maximillian William, London
7:00 – 8:00pm

Maximillian William is delighted to be hosting a conversation between artist, Somaya Critchlow, and author and curator, Amanda Renshaw. The talk will include ideas conceived for Role Play, as well as the continued relevance and influence Philip Guston has on younger generations of artists working today. Role Play investigated the work of Philip Guston alongside contemporary artists Somaya Critchlow and Lenz Geerk who take on a performative and theatrical role in the subject matter of their paintings. The exhibition expanded on the notions of representational vocabularies of identities and the limitation of how perception is evoked. By subtly implicating themselves in their subjects through the use of “props” and dramatic poses, these artists stimulate a comically morbid storyline imbued with methods of masquerade and role-play leaving the viewer implicated in their narrative.

To attend this free event, please RSVP to: [email protected]

Image © Damian Griffiths

Exhibition News

Somaya Critchlow
Sincere for Synonym

18 October – 22 November, 2019
Fortnight Institute, New York

Sincere for Synonym (taken from Critchlow’s eponymous piece of writing that is constructed around using interplaced titles borrowed from episodes of the TV series Love and Hip Hop) is the second solo exhibition by artist Somaya Critchlow (b. 1993, UK). It brings together a selection of works that cross reference contemporary ways of existence through historical methods of seeing.

Image © Fortnight Institute

Artist News

Coco Capitán
Partnership with Samsung

As part of Samsung’s effort to reach young creatives in the US and Asia, 27-year-old multidisciplinary artist Coco Capitán was commissioned by Hypebeast to develop a branded content campaign and 360º activation showcasing the brand’s newest tech products as creative tools for young artists. Merging art form and brand story, the partnership created a rich consumer experience that reflects today’s omnichannel and multi-touchpoint media landscape.

Capitán’s collaboration with Samsung reimagined the conventional brand-artist partnership and in-store shopping experience, sourcing inspiration from the artist’s visit to New York and two-week residency in Japan to create a series of aspirational films following her on her exploration of the magnificent cities through an artist’s eyes with Samsung technology in hand.

Image © Samsung

Exhibition News

Reginald Sylvester II
Chairs Beyond Right & Wrong

10 September – 19 October 2019
R & Company, New York

This September, R & Company presents “Chairs Beyond Right & Wrong,” an exhibition curated by Raquel Cayre to re-think the chair and its corresponding forms of use and design. Featuring nearly 50 international artists and designers, the exhibition surveys the chair as a formal object, a product, a structure, a symbol and a material. Participants are invited to explore how these ideas contribute to an expanded notion of the chair as an archetype for creative work, while challenging the categorical divisions that extend between art and design. Some works were newly-produced for the exhibition, while others were curated specifically for their ability to contour away from pre-existing notions of form and function.

Image © R & Company

Gallery Grand Opening

Maximillian William

26 September 2019
London
6:00 – 8:00pm

We are pleased to announce that, after operating as a nomadic gallery for a number of years, Maximillian William will be opening a physical space in Fitzrovia in September, 2019. The opening event will be on the 26th and run from 6:00 – 8:00pm. This will also coincide with the launch of our inaugural show: NEMESIS, by Reginald Sylvester II, his first solo show in London.

We look forward to welcoming you to our new space as we continue to work alongside emerging talent and promote an engaging exhibition program.

Image © Maximillian William

Exhibition News

Somaya Critchlow
They Gaze

7 June – 19 July 2019
James Fuentes, New York

James Fuentes is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, They Gaze. “What happens when the gaze isn’t the omnipotent gaze of the artist or anonymous viewer—usually male—but the subject of the painting itself? What happens when the painting gazes back and questions its audience? If the gaze emanates from a position of alterity and not authority, is the viewer more or less shaken?”

Image © James Fuentes

Book Launch

Coco Capitán
If You’ve Seen It All, Close Your Eyes

25 June 2019
Chose Commune
6:00 – 8:00pm

“If You’ve Seen It All, Close Your Eyes” presents extracts from a decade of artist Coco Capitán’s handwritten notebooks. Coco Capitán has always scribbled down her thoughts ‘everywhere, all the time’, often on scraps of paper that have filled notebook after notebook. From her first day in London in 2010 until now, and as she travels the world on photography assignments, Coco Capitán’s writings grant insight into her free and instinctive creative process. Playful aphorisms and short poems address an array of issues with hints of humour and irony. She combines the serious with the mundane as she shares in her first text-based book social, metaphorical or sentimental moments with her witty tone and distinctive hand.

If you are interested in joining us, please RSVP to: [email protected]

Image © Chose Commune

Exhibition News

Magda Skupinska
Tender Touches

17 May – 30 June 2019
Open Space Contemporary

Blurring the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room, Tender Touches will host a series of talks, supper clubs and performances, taking place among new commissions by a group of international emerging artists.

Drawing on the food-based practice of Portuguese artist and co-curator of the exhibition, Inês Neto dos Santos, the exhibition aims to bring people together through food, using it as a catalyst for conversation and debate. The food menu, designed and cooked by Neto dos Santos, will be inspired by her interest in sustainable food practices such as preservation and fermentation.

Image © Open Space Contemporary

Book Launch

Coco Capitán
Busy Living: Everything with Everyone Everywhere All of the Time

March 2019
Loose Joints

Busy Living accompanies Spanish artist Coco Capitán’s first major museum exhibition in Europe, a comprehensive survey of the artists’ last six years of image-making, including an essay by curator Simon Baker and texts throughout in English and French.

Despite Capitán’s young age, Busy Living contains a kaleidoscope of styles, with openness and freedom beyond her years. Ranging from playful setups pushing against the conventions of fashion and commercial photography, through to statuesque studies of Olympic swimmers and personal memoirs told through trips across America and China, Busy Living shows Capitán doing exactly what her title proposes: experiencing, absorbing, and reflecting a fast-paced modern world.

Image © Loose Joints

Exhibition News

Coco Capitán
Busy Living: Everything with Everyone Everywhere All of the Time

6 March – 26 May, 2019
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

“The title of the show is Busy living everything with everyone, everywhere, all of the time. It’s a long title [laughs] that reflects the speed of how we all live right now – this need of wanting to achieve everything in the matter of a single second. But it’s also about an energy for life as well, especially mine. I want to see everything in the world and I want to do it now. It’s just about the possibilities to really dedicating things, the time they need and also being very enthusiastic and wanting to achieve a lot, a lot in a little time. I don’t deal with it really well. I feel I am a bit overwhelmed with my own time, in the sense that I would like to have more time to enjoy things, be free, to enjoy everything possible, all sorts of possibilities and combinations to live this life. I guess that’s why I chose that title because I do feel a little bit trapped.”

Image © Loose Joints

Artist News

Coco Capitán
Vogue Korea

January 2019
“Styling some cabbage with my girlfriend @franceswilks as a trend prediction for 2019 in @voguekorea January cover. I dislike getting too personal in social networks, but I thought it important to mention that this one of the very first covers to ever feature a gay couple in the South Korean mass media and I am incredibly grateful to @voguekorea for allowing me to appear as I am, next to @franceswilks who’s part of who I am and what I stand for. Thank you as well to @gucci for taking as a responsibility to support, dress and represent all parts of the gender and sexual orientation spectrum. Thank you @sketchedspaceseoul & @creativeexchangeagency for being my voice in Seoul and always taking care of us. And thank you @franceswilks for making sure that my days are filled with fun, respect and love #gaysingucci”

Image © Vogue Korea

Exhibition News

Somaya Critchlow
Time Never Mattered

17 November – 29 December 2018
Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Time never mattered evokes the immersive reverie an artist can attain through drawing and painting, and the imagistic world-building these processes advance. In a new series of miniature paintings (all works 2018) Somaya Critchlow presents heroines who are themselves unmoored in time and space, emerging starkly against backdrops of thinned oils evocative of the atmospheric monochromatic backgrounds found in early modern European portrait miniatures.

Image © Somaya Critchlow

Exhibition News

Coco Capitán
Is It Tomorrow Yet?

02 August 2018 – 27 January 2019
Daelim Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Presented for the first time in Asia, the exhibition is essentially an all-encompassing window into the artist’s unique perspective on the world, with the inclusion of 150 works, spanning across different media, including photography, painting, handwriting, video and installation.

Combining intimacy and playfulness with subtle social critique, as well as probing questions concerned with existing values and hierarchies, Capitán provides her contemporary interpretation of pop art to imagination-based paintings and handwriting works that encapsulate her mixed emotions in a witty manner. Her thoughts about the present and anxiety about the future are also explored, as her works seek to provide those struggling with uncertainties in life with an opportunity to feel a touch of empathy.

Image © Daelim Museum

Artist News

Coco Capitán
Vogue UA Art Issue

July 2018

“My imaginary twins: enlightened snobbism. preppy triplets for Vogue UA art issue. Oswaldo and Guillermo, always missed. Thank you to my supportive friends @francisani_x @gucci @yannedouard @eric__emmanuel @juliasmmakeup @georginapragnell @hadeeladeela”

Image © Vogue UA

Exhibition News

Somaya Critchlow
Downsizing (Every Little Helps)

21 May – 27 May, 2018
Cavespace, London

In the film Downsizing, because of a crisis in over-population and of global warming, it is suggested that in order to save the world’s resources everyone should be shrunk so that they are only 12 cm tall. In a similar way, because of the cost of putting on an exhibition, in order to show their work together the artists in this show have been given the challenge of shrinking their work so that it fits into a small space. Big ideas have been transformed into tiny works of art and we invite you come and see this collection of pint-sized, pocket paintings, drawings and prints, born out of necessity but no less profound or beautiful for it.

Image © Cavespace

Exhibition News

Magda Skupinska
Adventitious Encounters

9 March – 22 March, 2018
Open Space Contemporary, London

What is the relationship between nature and humans? According to Félix Guattari’s Chaosmosis, “geopolitical configurations are changing at a great pace, while the Universes of technoscience, biology, computer technology, telematics and the media further destabilise our mental coordinates on a daily basis”. Humans have crossed a curious path, which brought them to an objectification of nature with a mechanism of mutual dependence on it. A circular movement, in which the subject of the research is also its object. However, despite being represented by the humankind, this nature cannot be uncontaminated, nor has it ever been.

The exhibition was curated by Huma Kabakcı and Anna Skladmann. It will explore our sensitive possibilities in relation to their context, examining history and the vision of William Whiteleys himself, who founded the first lucky department store in London and desired a space under the sky that would be suitable for botanics.

Image © Open Space Contemporary

Exhibition News

Magda Skupinska
White Memory – 1989/2018 Art in Malta and Poland

14 December 2017 – 11 February 2018
St James Cavalier

White Memory – 1989/2018 Art in Malta and Poland is an exhibition curated by Irene Biolchini and Marinella Paderni. The exhibition revolves around the ties between Malta and Poland and the search for identity in the present – which also represents the promise for the future. White is the colour of pureness, but it is also the colour used to cancel, to erase, thus presenting the leitmotiv of this exhibition.

Image © Sergio Muscat

Exhibition News

Reginald Sylvester II
Punch

15 September – 27 October 2018
Jeffrey Deitch, New York

Punch focuses on artists of Nina Chanel Abney’s generation whose work raises compelling questions about the blurred lines of art today: Where do we draw the line between culture and subculture, figuration and abstraction, and the physical and the digital?

Many of these artists grew up in the digital age, seeing first-hand how multiple streams of information from different media can penetrate consciousness. These image streams create a common language for artists to examine and digest how developments in society and culture have altered our perception of contemporary life.

Image © Jeffrey Deitch

Exhibition News

Reginald Sylvester II
Premonition

19 October 2017 – 22 February 2018
Lever House, New York

Sylvester II describes, “Premonition embodies a set of works that reflect my physical energy and my truth. These images have been projected from my unconscious, through my hand, and onto the surface. When tapping into the unconscious I believe that you are tapping into your inner spirit, the soul. In this place, untainted truth and identity reside.”

Image © Lever House

Exhibition News

Somaya Critchlow
FA Art

18 August 2017 – 10 September 2017
The Sassoon Gallery – Folkstone Library

FA ART explores and challenges the traditions of the figure and abstraction in painting and drawing.

Image © The Sassoon Gallery – Folkstone Library

Book Launch

Coco Capitán
Middle Point Between My House and China

10 May, 2017
Claire de Rouen, London
6:00 – 8:00pm

“I wanted to take images that would denote how I perceived China, my personal experience in the country and how I saw the people who were there,” Coco explains. “The middle ground in the book lies between the self and the other. Photographing is an exercise that links two ends: the photographer and the subject being photographed, explored. A photograph speaks both about the photographer and the sitter. When I say ‘middle point’ I refer to that space that appears when you start looking at something different to your everyday life.”

To attend this free event, please RSVP to: [email protected]

Image © Coco Capitán

Exhibition News

Reginald Sylvester II
The Rise and Fall of a People

16 March 2017 – 01 April 2017
Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy

Characterized by a rich and varied pictorial language, Sylvester’s paintings exist in a place in between abstraction and figuration, where instinctive gestures are translated into immediate and spiritually charged communicative forms. The body of work prepared for the exhibition at Fondazione Stelline captures a particularly important moment in the artist’s career. The introspective view of Sylvester’s early works is gradually evolving into a study on the outside world, initiating a series of new reflections on how the personal sphere can interact with the collective body. Primarily focused on portraiture, these new works touch on Biblical themes to address the critical times Western society is currently facing, as the title ‘The Rise and Fall of a People’ testifies.

Image © Fondazione Stelline

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You are invited to join an in-depth discussion between Brooklyn-based artist Reginald Sylvester II and Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem Legacy Russell. The conversation will stream live on Instagram @reginaldsylvester2 and @ellerustle at 1:00pm EST (6:00pm BST) on 26 June.⁣
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You are invited to join an in-depth discussion between Brooklyn-based artist Reginald Sylvester II and Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem Legacy Russell. The conversation will stream live on Instagram @reginaldsylvester2 and @ellerustle at 1:00pm EST (6:00pm BST) on 26 June.⁣

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‘Somaya Critchlow’s show at Maximilian William comes at a strange time. Merely to write this sounds trite, but seems necessary. Pulled together in these quiet-noise months while the world has been buffeted by Covid-19’s tides of infection, confinement, bereavement and economic chaos, the show has emerged in the center of a reinvigorated battle for the rights of people of color around the world to live lives free from oppression, hatred and state-sanctioned murder. And it opens in a London still under lockdown – to see these works in the flesh you need to book a slot to be confined with them, a moment of stillness in a world swinging through rapid social, cultural and environmental transformations.⁣
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Fittingly perhaps, the bebop music of the show’s title itself swung out of the swing era – with fast tempos, complex chord changes and a shimmering, bright blend of pain and joy. Under her titular moonlight, Critchlow presents black female bodies – costumed, nude, domestic, sexual, transported out of time – across a confident range of scales, from tiny paintings that take their cue from portrait miniatures to larger canvases. New developments in this show include a series of pastel, watercolor and pencil works on paper grouped together. And it is perhaps in the grouping that we see the defiant singularity of these women, occupying the center ground of each of these works – ‘Angela’ eating her blood orange, the ‘Volleyball Intellectual’ staring back at the viewer in her neon bikini, subject not object. At the end, it’s one of Critchlow’s titles – ‘Alone Again’ – that sounds less like a lament, and more like a statement of intent.⁣’
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‘Somaya Critchlow’s show at Maximilian William comes at a strange time. Merely to write this sounds trite, but seems necessary. Pulled together in these quiet-noise months while the world has been buffeted by Covid-19’s tides of infection, confinement, bereavement and economic chaos, the show has emerged in the center of a reinvigorated battle for the rights of people of color around the world to live lives free from oppression, hatred and state-sanctioned murder. And it opens in a London still under lockdown – to see these works in the flesh you need to book a slot to be confined with them, a moment of stillness in a world swinging through rapid social, cultural and environmental transformations.⁣

Fittingly perhaps, the bebop music of the show’s title itself swung out of the swing era – with fast tempos, complex chord changes and a shimmering, bright blend of pain and joy. Under her titular moonlight, Critchlow presents black female bodies – costumed, nude, domestic, sexual, transported out of time – across a confident range of scales, from tiny paintings that take their cue from portrait miniatures to larger canvases. New developments in this show include a series of pastel, watercolor and pencil works on paper grouped together. And it is perhaps in the grouping that we see the defiant singularity of these women, occupying the center ground of each of these works – ‘Angela’ eating her blood orange, the ‘Volleyball Intellectual’ staring back at the viewer in her neon bikini, subject not object. At the end, it’s one of Critchlow’s titles – ‘Alone Again’ – that sounds less like a lament, and more like a statement of intent.⁣’

#PurpleDiary #Review #SomayaCritchlow #UnderneathaBebopMoon #MaximillianWilliam⁣ #LinkInBio

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#OPENINGTHURSDAY| Underneath a Bebop Moon, Somaya Critchlow’s debut solo presentation at the gallery and the artist’s largest show to date. The exhibition demonstrates a strikingly unfettered range in scale. It includes for the first time some of the larger scale paintings that she has been working on over the past year, alongside medium and miniature works (a scale for which she has become known), as well as new works on paper, focusing on a series of watercolours. ⁣⁣
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The gallery is fully committed in supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement and have donated towards the cause. We will also work on creating opportunities whereby further action and finance can be generated for the above cause, via the galleries yearly programming.

Let’s us all speak, build and most importantly educate. ⁣⁣
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Plenty of incredible initiatives to donate too that are doing important work at great speeds. Please look at our IG stories and participate in NEVER being silent, as well as donating whatever one is able. ⁣⁣
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The gallery is fully committed in supporting the #BlackLivesMatter movement and have donated towards the cause. We will also work on creating opportunities whereby further action and finance can be generated for the above cause, via the galleries yearly programming.
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Instagram post 2319883597270790468_241478977 Sold Out | #LINKINBIO⁣
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Reginald Sylvester II⁣
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‘NEMESIS’⁣
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Special edition of 15 with unique work on paper included. ⁣
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Maximillian William, London, 2019⁣
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32 pages, softcover⁣
11.81 x 8.70 inch⁣
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A special edition of 15 catalogues have been hand-painted and numbered by Reginald Sylvester II. Covered with lively reds and soft whites, these unique books now available on our website for purchase.⁣
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Published on the occasion of NEMESIS, Reginald Sylvester II’s inaugural exhibition at Maximillian William, London, NEMESIS includes all works in the series, including “A War Within the Soul vs the Flesh”, a vibrant diptych which encapsulates the struggle between the needs of the soul and the desires of the flesh. High resolution shots of each work fill the pages with seductive and chaotic colours, bringing to life the artist’s inner faith and turmoil. Each fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is accompanied by a scholarly text by Michele Robecchi of Phaidon Press.⁣
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#ReginaldSylvesterII #MaximillianWilliam #SpecialEdition #Books #NEMESIS 📸 : @wishmd

Sold Out | #LINKINBIO⁣

Reginald Sylvester II⁣

‘NEMESIS’⁣

Special edition of 15 with unique work on paper included. ⁣

Maximillian William, London, 2019⁣

32 pages, softcover⁣
11.81 x 8.70 inch⁣

▪️⁣

A special edition of 15 catalogues have been hand-painted and numbered by Reginald Sylvester II. Covered with lively reds and soft whites, these unique books now available on our website for purchase.⁣

Published on the occasion of NEMESIS, Reginald Sylvester II’s inaugural exhibition at Maximillian William, London, NEMESIS includes all works in the series, including “A War Within the Soul vs the Flesh”, a vibrant diptych which encapsulates the struggle between the needs of the soul and the desires of the flesh. High resolution shots of each work fill the pages with seductive and chaotic colours, bringing to life the artist’s inner faith and turmoil. Each fully illustrated exhibition catalogue is accompanied by a scholarly text by Michele Robecchi of Phaidon Press.⁣

#ReginaldSylvesterII #MaximillianWilliam #SpecialEdition #Books #NEMESIS 📸 : @wishmd
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Instagram post 2319159717744928967_241478977 Books will be available tomorrow at 1PM EST / 5PM BST. ⁣⁣
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Reginald Sylvester II⁣⁣
⁣⁣
‘NEMESIS’⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Special edition of 15 with unique work on paper included. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Maximillian William, London, 2019⁣⁣
⁣⁣
32 pages, softcover⁣⁣
11.81 x 8.70 inches ⁣⁣
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#ReginaldSylvesterII #MaximillianWilliam #Books #NEMESIS⁣⁣
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🎥: @wishmd for video

Books will be available tomorrow at 1PM EST / 5PM BST. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Reginald Sylvester II⁣⁣
⁣⁣
‘NEMESIS’⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Special edition of 15 with unique work on paper included. ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
Maximillian William, London, 2019⁣⁣
⁣⁣
32 pages, softcover⁣⁣
11.81 x 8.70 inches ⁣⁣
⁣⁣
#ReginaldSylvesterII #MaximillianWilliam #Books #NEMESIS⁣⁣


🎥: @wishmd for video
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Instagram post 2317648355579602654_241478977 @TalkArt's newest podcast episode  artist @LenzGeerk. Recorded at the start of lockdown, Russell, Robert and Lenz discuss Geerk's psychologically charged paintings that are seemingly removed from any specific time or place. Emphasising his subjects in such a way as to draw out the hidden emotions of the human psyche, Geerk depicts people at the threshold of excitation and in the throes of exploration or emotional tension. Geerk's work was recently shown alongside Somaya Critchlow and Philip Guston in our exhibition, 'Role Play', curated by Charlotte Eytan.

#LenzGeerk #MaximillianWilliam #LinkInBio

@TalkArt's newest podcast episode artist @LenzGeerk. Recorded at the start of lockdown, Russell, Robert and Lenz discuss Geerk's psychologically charged paintings that are seemingly removed from any specific time or place. Emphasising his subjects in such a way as to draw out the hidden emotions of the human psyche, Geerk depicts people at the threshold of excitation and in the throes of exploration or emotional tension. Geerk's work was recently shown alongside Somaya Critchlow and Philip Guston in our exhibition, 'Role Play', curated by Charlotte Eytan.

#LenzGeerk #MaximillianWilliam #LinkInBio
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Instagram post 2313411015118147429_241478977 A beautiful 1969 Philip Guston we were lucky to exhibit last year, still so relevant. ⁣
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#PhilipGuston #MaximillianWilliam⁣
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Image above: ⁣
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Philip Guston ⁣
Untitled, 1969⁣
Charcoal on paper ⁣
18x24 inch ⁣
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©️ Private collection and Maximillian William, London.

A beautiful 1969 Philip Guston we were lucky to exhibit last year, still so relevant. ⁣

#PhilipGuston #MaximillianWilliam⁣



Image above: ⁣

Philip Guston ⁣
Untitled, 1969⁣
Charcoal on paper ⁣
18x24 inch ⁣

©️ Private collection and Maximillian William, London.
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Instagram post 2299600155031401152_241478977 "Each aspect of Coco’s creative skillset could stand alone, but the fact that she is not confined to one medium, means that she can process the world from different perspectives, navigating reality through photographing, writing and painting. Her unique eye for colour and structure is no doubt down to her refined knowledge of each medium, which could arguably be why she has done so well to establish herself in a saturated industry." - Kezia Navey⁣
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#CocoCapitan #LookingBack #MaximillianWilliam⁣
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Image:⁣
Coco Capitán⁣
'Coca Cola - Better with Mentos', 2018⁣
Acrylic on canvas⁣
59 x 47.2 in (150 x 120 cm)⁣
© the artist and Maximillian William, London⁣

"Each aspect of Coco’s creative skillset could stand alone, but the fact that she is not confined to one medium, means that she can process the world from different perspectives, navigating reality through photographing, writing and painting. Her unique eye for colour and structure is no doubt down to her refined knowledge of each medium, which could arguably be why she has done so well to establish herself in a saturated industry." - Kezia Navey⁣

#CocoCapitan #LookingBack #MaximillianWilliam⁣


Image:⁣
Coco Capitán⁣
'Coca Cola - Better with Mentos', 2018⁣
Acrylic on canvas⁣
59 x 47.2 in (150 x 120 cm)⁣
© the artist and Maximillian William, London⁣
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Instagram post 2294516820198297589_241478977 #Reviewed | From Somaya Critchlow’s debut New York solo exhibition, Sincere For Synonym at The Fortnight Institute.⁣
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Today we revisit Johanna Fateman’s generous review of the exhibition for The New Yorker. (@newyorkermag @johannafateman ⁣)
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”In thirteen new canvases, all but one smaller than a sheet of paper, this British artist collapses centuries and genres, rendering black women in a loose, hybrid style that recalls Renaissance portraiture, nineteen-sixties boudoir kitsch, and something else more elusive. Details drawn from contemporary pop culture, Disney films, and Victoriana punctuate Critchlow’s thinly painted works, in which figures seem to fix their dispassionate gazes beyond the sexualized tropes that frame them. Mineral hues dominate, but the scantily clad subjects’ clothing and accessories—wigs in yellow-blond and pink, or a turquoise tank dress—provide bursts of color. Among the surreal outliers are “The Distance Involved,” portraying an eerily animate candelabra, and “Mr. Peanut,” in which the top-hatted legume feeds a strawberry to a buxom nude, who is clearly playacting her pleasure.”⁣
— Johanna Fateman⁣
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Image © Somaya Critchlow⁣
Mr. Peanut, 2019⁣
Oil on canvas⁣
9 x 6.7 in (22.9 x 17 cm)⁣
© Courtesy of the Artist & Maximillian William, London.⁣
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#SomayaCritchlow #TheNewYorker #TheFornightinstitute #MaximillianWillam. ⁣

#Reviewed | From Somaya Critchlow’s debut New York solo exhibition, Sincere For Synonym at The Fortnight Institute.⁣

Today we revisit Johanna Fateman’s generous review of the exhibition for The New Yorker. (@newyorkermag @johannafateman ⁣)


”In thirteen new canvases, all but one smaller than a sheet of paper, this British artist collapses centuries and genres, rendering black women in a loose, hybrid style that recalls Renaissance portraiture, nineteen-sixties boudoir kitsch, and something else more elusive. Details drawn from contemporary pop culture, Disney films, and Victoriana punctuate Critchlow’s thinly painted works, in which figures seem to fix their dispassionate gazes beyond the sexualized tropes that frame them. Mineral hues dominate, but the scantily clad subjects’ clothing and accessories—wigs in yellow-blond and pink, or a turquoise tank dress—provide bursts of color. Among the surreal outliers are “The Distance Involved,” portraying an eerily animate candelabra, and “Mr. Peanut,” in which the top-hatted legume feeds a strawberry to a buxom nude, who is clearly playacting her pleasure.”⁣
— Johanna Fateman⁣

Image © Somaya Critchlow⁣
Mr. Peanut, 2019⁣
Oil on canvas⁣
9 x 6.7 in (22.9 x 17 cm)⁣
© Courtesy of the Artist & Maximillian William, London.⁣


#SomayaCritchlow #TheNewYorker #TheFornightinstitute #MaximillianWillam. ⁣
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