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Greene Naftali

Hotel Suicide

  • Richard Hawkins
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    Richard Hawkins, Not Interested, 2007
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    Richard Hawkins, Hotel Suicide 1, 2007
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Current Exhibitions at Greene Naftali


Heterotopia II

  • Peter Halley,
  • Opens: Nov. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Konrad Lueg [Extended]

  • Konrad Lueg,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Bather’s Dilemma

  • Paul Chan,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sign Language

  • William Leavitt,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

As It Lays 2

  • Alex Israel,
  • Opens: Apr. 30, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bait Paintings

  • Richard Hawkins
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Passage to Dynasty

  • Gang Zhao,
  • Opens: Mar. 15, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 19, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ileden

  • Sophie von Hellermann,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Swingers

  • Chantal Akerman,
  • Marie Angeletti,
  • Lutz Bacher,
  • Barbara Kruger,
  • Josephine Pryde,
  • Heji Shin,
  • Akram Zaatari,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Michael Krebber

  • Michael Krebber,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mollusca & The Pelvic Floor

  • Trisha Baga,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 20, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painting: Now and Forever, Part III

  • Magnus Andersen,
  • Monika Baer,
  • Robert Bechtle,
  • Nayland Blake,
  • Julien Ceccaldi,
  • Vija Celmins,
  • Xinyi Cheng,
  • Leidy Churchman,
  • Whitney Claflin,
  • Ed Clark,
  • Robert Colescott,
  • Matt Connors,
  • Allan D’Arcangelo,
  • Noah Davis,
  • Lois Dodd,
  • Lukas Duwenhögger,
  • Nicole Eisenman,
  • Janiva Ellis,
  • Jana Euler,
  • Genoveva Filipovic,
  • Sam Gilliam,
  • Tony Greene,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Luchita Hurtado,
  • Alex Israel,
  • Jasper Johns,
  • Matsumi Kanemitsu,
  • Bhupen Khakhar,
  • Mathieu Malouf,
  • Helen Marten,
  • Lucy McKenzie,
  • Rodney McMillian,
  • Jill Mulleady,
  • Jeanette Mundt,
  • Howardena Pindell,
  • Suellen Rocca,
  • Eiichi Shibata,
  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Avery Singer,
  • Sylvia Sleigh,
  • Anne Speier,
  • Linda Stark,
  • Hervé Télémaque,
  • Karl Wirsum,
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,
  • Gang Zhao,
  • Opens: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 17, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 28, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New Look at TV and a Funhouse

  • Dan Graham,
  • Opens: May. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

On Non-Visibility

  • Tony Cokes,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The King And The Corpse

  • Gedi Sibony,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tears and New Tears

  • Josef Strau,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Walking Point

  • Mary Ann Aitken,
  • Wally Hedrick,
  • Craig Kalpakjian,
  • Paul Chan,
  • Tetsumi Kudo,
  • Tony Conrad,
  • Lee Lozano,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Pope.L,
  • Isa Genzken,
  • Andrew Ross,
  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Martin Wong,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Hotel Suicide

  • Richard Hawkins
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paradiso: A New Play by Richard Maxwell

  • Richard Maxwell,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Jacqueline Humphries

  • Jacqueline Humphries,
  • Opens: Oct. 27, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Peter Halley

  • Peter Halley,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Prasine

  • Rachel Harrison,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 17, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dock Lands

  • Hilary Lloyd,
  • Opens: May. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New York Golem

  • Gelatin,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 19 - Mar 03, 2018

  • Reception: Jan 19, 6 - 8pm

Where

Greene Naftali

  • 508 West 26th Street, 8th Floor, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.463.7770

About

In the mid- and late-aughts, Los Angeles-based artist Richard Hawkins created a series of paintings that combined several themes of his oeuvre—the male physique, desire both sated and unfulfilled, and the historically, culturally, and socially marginalized—in a series of paintings based on the clandestine yet widespread phenomenon of sex tourism in Thailand. Painted in candy-colored hues, Hawkins’ scenes are set alternately in brothels and hotels, dual sites of exchange for his chosen subject matter. Hawkins rendered the prostitutes with exquisite skin and placid faces, whereas patrons are portrayed wrinkled and weathered to cartoonish degree. In some cases, either or both are afforded anonymity with compositions truncating figures to their torsos. The scenes are episodic and incidental, often relating to phases of the transaction at hand—idle displays of detached seduction and ravished hotel rooms.

For his fifth solo presentation at the gallery, Richard Hawkins presents Hotel Suicide, a collection of drawings and works on paper accompanying the most narrative and psychically charged painting in the series, initiated in 2007 and resumed ten years later: And then come the dawn (2017). In a series focused on exchange and connection, Hotel Suicide proffers a psychologically interior chapter, telegraphing loneliness and desolation. Two works on paper—Expanding Horizon and Not Interested—capture scenes from a bar, while small sketches in black acrylic, ink, and pencil all take place in an insulated hotel room (all works 2007). Repeating, in various compositions, a body collapsed in a bathroom, the sketches appear as much artists’ studies as alternate plans of execution by the painting’s subject, mimicking the ruminations of a suicidal mind.

In an effervescent style belying its subject matter, And then come the dawn portrays a suicide’s aftermath: a hanging body, rendered faceless by the painting’s composition; a dismantled chair, surrounded by three frenzied cats; a nightstand topped only with pill bottles and a roll of toilet paper. These sordid details are painted in an energetic hand and saturated palette, carrying traces of Bonnard and Matisse in the scene’s vibrating passages of pattern and light. In And then come the dawn, as in other works by Hawkins, Hawkins muddles distinctions between high and low, applying high modernist strategies to depict illicit acts.

Hotel Suicide will be accompanied by the release of a publication of the same title.


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