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Almine Rech

Brian Calvin Crosstalk

Oct 27 — Dec 2, 2023 | Shanghai

Opening on Friday, October 27th, 2023, from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Almine Rech Shanghai is pleased to announce Brian Calvin's eighth solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from October 27 to December 2, 2023.

There are flatly colorful shapes, arranged just so and glossed with a highlight here and there, and we call it a girl—or many girls. She appears at different stages of life. She is becoming a woman, growing and maturing, changing before our eyes. In one painting, the parts of her face turn and point in different directions. Brian Calvin’s figures are in some kind of flux, oscillating between profile and frontal views, breaking open flat like a dismantled box. Small areas of dazzling dots and dashes encode the twinkle of an inner life, maybe a sadness, a moment of activity contained within herself and sheltered behind the sturdy graphic wall of composition. As we absorb her, face to face, she also slips away, temporarily elsewhere, in a touch-and-go relation with concreteness of form, line, and hue.

— Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, art writer and curator

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