Phillip King. Color Space Place

29 Jun 2018 – 10 Aug 2018

Luhring Augustine

New York
New York, United States


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  • via subway take C or E train to 23rd street at 8th Avenue, walk 2 Avenues to 10th Avenue, and 1 block uptown to 24th Street. The Gallery is between 10th and 11th Avenues.

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Luhring Augustine is pleased to present Color Space Place, an exhibition of new large-scale sculptures by the renowned British artist Phillip King, accompanied by earlier works and maquettes.


The exhibition marks the artist’s first solo presentation in the United States in over a decade. 

Emerging onto the London art scene in the early 1960s, King remains to this day a pioneering figure in the field of sculpture. His carefully composed abstractions bear an affinity to painting, both through the visual interplay of vibrant hues and a resolute frontality. King creates forms with the aim that his sculptures be perceived in their totality from any single vantage point. The array of materials he employs, such as concrete, steel, fiberglass, polyurethane foam, and wood, each prescribe their own means of construction, presenting King with various challenges surrounding movement, strength, and stability. In this regard, the artist moves beyond purely optical concerns and into the tactile. His interests in architecture inform his approach to scale and spatial relationships where he explores volumes both within and between surfaces.

At the heart of the current exhibition are two large-scale sculptures comprised of geometric planes that intersect each other at tilted angles: Swirl, 2018, and Blue Glow, 2016. Color plays an integral role in delineating surfaces—at times foregrounding flatness through their uniformity, at other times revealing depth and shadows along modulated edges. Circular cutouts offer illusions of lightness that are counterbalanced by solid elements. When viewed in context, such surface openings furthermore draw the sculpture’s background into the work as the artist activates the surrounding architecture via painted walls.

While King’s sizable works are usually presented outdoors and in large public spaces, his smaller maquettes supply a more intimate viewing experience. At pedestal height the maquettes remind the audience of their object-like status. Their enlarged counterparts, whether displayed on walls or directly on the floor, begin to eschew categorizations of sculpture in a formal sense, pushing the medium’s boundaries in different directions.

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