Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Gallery Introduction

Galerie Eva Presenhuber is a leading contemporary art gallery located in Zurich and New York. Founded by Eva Presenhuber in 2003, the gallery is committed to representing and nurturing an international and intergenerational roster of artists that reflects both historical and current discourses within contemporary art. 

The gallery works with over 40 artists and estates including Doug Aitken, Joe Bradley, Carroll Dunham, Sam Falls, Douglas Gordon, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Liam Gillick, Shara Hughes, Karen Kilimnik, Adam Pendleton, Torbjørn Rødland, Ugo Rondinone, Dieter Roth, Oscar Tuazon, Franz West, and Sue Williams. 

In 2017, Eva Presenhuber opened an exhibition space in New York, which functions as an important extension of the original Zurich gallery. 

Galerie Eva Presenhuber participates in several art fairs each year including but not limited to Art Basel in Basel and Miami, The Armory Show in New York, FIAC in Paris, and West Bund Art & Design in Shanghai.

Exhibition Introduction

Shara Hughes

22.03.19 - 14.04.19

Shara Hughes' new paintings further develop what she refers to as invented or psychological landscapes. These landscapes do not depict real places but rather are created from the inside, an inside that is strongly informed by a deep knowledge of art history, as well as the work of contemporary peers. Her frenetic colors and vibrant brushstrokes, vivid lines, heavily applied marks, and monochromatic fields show traces of fin de siècle styles, such as Fauvism, Art Nouveau, or German Expressionism.

The paintings on display have been created in a non-linear way, yet they are linked by motifs and approaches leading into a new body of work. Larger and smaller paintings accompany and contrast each other, both depicting landscapes from different perspectives. Hughes usually starts the larger, more detailed works in a playful way – not by following a certain idea, but by employing techniques and styles to create a pictorial cosmos where discontinuous parts complete and complement one another. The stark contrasts and alternating styles leave the viewer with a feeling of urgency or even anxiety. 

In contrast to this, the smaller paintings create a quieter tension, letting the eye slow down. As if the process of painting was crystallized in the work itself, the decisions in these paintings were made at a slower pace. The difference between the two formats can be understood metaphorically: It is as if one had zoomed out of the larger paintings, only to find "the bigger picture" in the smaller paintings.

SZ Art Center, 4, Jiuxianqiao Rd. Chaoyang District, Beijing (Exhibition location during GWBJ 2019)