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Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture

Perrotin Hong Kong is pleased to inaugurate its new location at K11 ATELIER Victoria Dockside with a group exhibition exploring meanings of portraiture through the lens of selected artists.

Featuring Hernan Bas, Chen Fei, Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Izumi Kato, MADSAKI, Eddie Martinez, Barry McGee, Mr., Takashi Murakami, and Aya Takano, Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture considers different manners of representation and self-representation, and the methods from which they are derived. Alternating between dualities of figuration/abstraction and introspection/perception, the exhibited works examine the formation of identity and humanistic ideals as they become subject to scrutiny and change.

Before the invention of the camera, a portrait, which would be painted, drawn, or sculpted, was the primary way to record the appearance of a person. As portraiture evolved from its documentary function to providing more abstract and revelatory representations, artists experimented with the form to portray themselves and their contemporaries in various vivid ways. With its human focus, portraiture captures the essence of individuals as well as their lived and perceived experiences, reflecting as much of its subject as the one who conjures the image into being.

Using the art form as a starting point, Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture presents interpretations of the ways with which the human experience may be understood and transformed. Each portrait is an expression of the artist’s vision; altogether, they form a kaleidoscopic view of likeness at once familiar and destabilizing, a reflection invoking multiple narratives, states of being, and metamorphosing selves.

Kaleidoscopes: Contemporary Portraiture is on view from Tuesday to Saturday at 11am to 7pm, and is closed on public holidays. No prior appointment is required. Please register at the concierge for a visitor’s pass to enter the building.

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Artwork details and image credits:

Jean-Philippe Delhomme, Joséphine, 2018. Oil on panel. 49.5 x 39.5 x 3 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.
Chen Fei, Go Home Early from School, 2010. Acrylic on linen. Ø: 130 cm. Photo: Ringo Cheung. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.
Eddie Martinez, Untitled, 2020. Oil paint, acrylic paint, and watercolor on paper. Framed: 65 x 84 x 4.5 cm. Photo: Ringo Cheung. © Eddie Martinez; Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin.
Barry McGee, Untitled, 2020. Acrylic and gouache on panel; 23 elements. 198.2 x 146.1 x 4.5 cm. Photo: Maiko Miyagawa. © Barry McGee; Courtesy of the artist, Perrotin, and Ratio 3, San Francisco.


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