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Nick Goss

Green Lanes

Green Lanes. It sounds pastoral, nostalgic, faintly utopian – like some network of ancient drovers’ tracks and holloways that endures furtively in a pocket of deep England. But Green Lanes could hardly be further from such a place: it is a drawn-out urban thoroughfare, which slices for miles through the suburbs of north London, abutted by old retail parades, housing estates and supermarkets, by ranks of semi-detached houses and parks that renounced their claims to rural retreat well over a century ago.

24 September 2020

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Christof Mascher

Presence Above All

Christof Mascher’s Street turns river, a 2015 painting in oil on board, is an urban nocturne washed with the pale purply blue that belongs only to a clear night beneath a big moon. Gas streetlamps set cream-coloured orbs on either side of the scene, repoussoir glass gems from a European city of the 1820s. A boulevard carves through the landscape, parcelling it up. The painting is tight, everything in its proper place.

7 September 2020

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Gareth Cadwallader

Painting in the world, around the world

Shortly after the opening of Half-Lowered Eyelids, his first solo exhibition at Josh Lilley in January 2019, Gareth Cadwallader left his South London home to paint in the world. A painter with a meticulous, private methodology in art and life, the following images are all that we know about the genesis of the three works ultimately presented at Art Basel Miami Beach in December of that year.

25 August 2020

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Nicholas Hatfull

Sky and vapour

Josh Lilley first showed Nicholas Hatfull's iPad sky drawings — unique archival pigment prints on Somerset paper, modest but glowing — in the 2019 group show of painters' preparatory works Preparing for What. A year later we are proud to introduce and offer the first large oils derived from this daily digital practice.

25 August 2020

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Derek Fordjour

SHELTER

SHELTER, Derek Fordjour's 2020 solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, was both a compact survey of the artist's recent work and a site-specific installation that placed the viewer in a position of temporary safety from a heavy storm.

25 August 2020

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Ryan Mosley

What People Do

A year ago, Ryan Mosley was approached by the Contemporary Art Society, a heritage charity and consultancy that acquires British artworks for public display around the nation, to submit a proposal for the lobby of a skyscraper growing in London. This skyscraper, 22 Bishopsgate, would be second in size, nationwide, to Renzo Piano’s Shard, and would dwarf the landmarks of the city’s colossus-choked financial center. Paintings, thought this painter of paintings, would not fit for this space.

25 August 2020

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Ian Davis

Cruise Ship

Initiated in late 2019 and finished in June 2020, Ian Davis’ Cruise Ship evolved through a changing global reality, and the artist's iconic figures in matching clothes never arrived, never populated the scene. The cruise ship became a ghost ship — its trajectory, its past and its future, elusive. The rippling wake signals motion, but its unclear who is steering.

24 August 2020

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Nicholas Hatfull

An Autumn Afternoon

There’s an alley that reappears in Nicholas Hatfull’s recent paintings. It is an alley from An Autumn Afternoon (1962), Yasujirō Ozu’s final film.

24 August 2020

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Kathleen Ryan

The Journey of Bad Melon (Party Girl)

Altogether more moist and pulpy than the citrus fruits with which the series debuted at Josh Lilley in October 2018, the Bad Melon works conjure another tangible, tactile aspect of ‘badness’.

24 August 2020

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Kathleen Ryan

Ghost Palm

Kathleen Ryan’s Ghost Palm was commissioned in 2019 for the second edition of the biennial Desert X, an exhibition of site-responsive artworks in Southern California’s Coachella valley in the spring of 2019. A lifesize rendering of the Washingtonia filifera (desert palm) in steel, plastics and glass, Ghost Palm sat along the San Andreas Fault, the meeting point of two tectonic plates.

24 August 2020

Derek Fordjour

Derek Fordjour (b. 1974, Memphis, USA) is a painter who depicts the codes, regalia and structures of competition and play, revealing passion and discipline — as well as style — as steps toward uplift. Attuned to the power and spectacle of display, the artist is also a maker of objects and installations as standalone scenes and as staging devices for his paintings. Fordjour’s work is held in public collections including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Perez Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has been represented by Josh Lilley since 2018.

Derek Fordjour lives and works in New York.

Education

2016, MFA, Hunter College, New York
2002, Ed.M., Harvard University, Cambridge
2001, BA, Morehouse College, Atlanta
2001, Pratt Institute College of Art and Design, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2020
(forthcoming) Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
SHELTER, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, St. Louis

2019
The House Always Wins, Josh Lilley, London
JRRNY/S, Night Gallery, Los Angeles

2018
Half Mast, Public installation at the Whitney Museum, New York
Derek Fordjour: Camelot Study, BAM, Brooklyn
Ritual, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami

2017
PARADE, Sugar Hill Museum, New York

2016
Agency & Regulation, LUCE Gallery, Turin
Derek Fordjour: Eight Paintings, Papillon Art, Los Angeles

2015
UPPER ROOM, Robert Blumenthal Gallery, New York
Meritocracy, Jack Bell Gallery, London

2014
The Big Game, Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery, Brooklyn

2013
Sciame Artist's Salon Series Exhibition, Sciame Corporate Gallery, New York
Built Environments: Inaugurations with Felandus Thames, Columbia University, Russ Barrie Pavilion, New York

Group Exhibitions

2020
(forthcoming) Majour Force, Night Gallery, Los Angeles
(forthcoming) Uptown 2020, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, New York
Private View: Selections from ABHK, Petzel Gallery, New York
Open Air
, LUCE Gallery, Turin, Italy

2019
Stains on a Decade, Josh Lilley, London
Painting Is Its Own Country, The Harvey B. Center, Charlotte
Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African-AmericanMuseum, Los Angeles
Transmissions, Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg

2018
Fun House, Josh Lilley, London
Cliche, organized by Bill Powers, Almine Rech Gallery, New York
Everyday Muse, ltd Gallery, Los Angeles
Reclamation!, The Taubman Museum, Roanoke
Sidelined, Galerie Lelong, New York

2017
Reinventing the Figure, Galleria Monica de Cardenas, Zuoz
Diamonds, Rings and Courts, Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, St. John's University, New York
All That Glitters, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
Selections, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York

2016
Human Condition, The Former L.A. Metropolitan Medical Centre, Los Angeles
The Barn Show, Johannes Vogt Gallery East, East Hampton
First We Take Manhattan, Ethan Cohen Gallery, New York
Island States, Tops Gallery, Memphis
March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York

2015
I Like it Like This, Sothebys S2 Gallery, New York
And There is an End, Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles
Mixed Doubles, Sometimes Gallery, New York
No Such Place, Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery, New York

2014
OPEN, Papillion Gallery, Los Angeles

2013
Corpus Americus, Driscoll Babcock Gallery, New York
Ticknihova and Winter, New York
Atlanta University Center Alumni Exhibition, Atlanta University Center, Atlanta

Press

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Jamestown Champ by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Carnival II by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Single Pivot Turn by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Burden Cycle II (Blue) by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Southside Row Club by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Rower by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Pomp and Regalia by Derek Fordjour, 2019
The Ringmaster & The Rider by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
No. 43 by Derek Fordjour, 2018
No. 68 by Derek Fordjour, 2017
No. 50 by Derek Fordjour, 2018
No. 35 by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: SHELTER by Derek Fordjour, 2020
Installation View: SHELTER by Derek Fordjour, 2020
Installation View: SHELTER by Derek Fordjour, 2020
Aquatic Composition by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Southeastern Semi-Finals by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Three Straight Locked, by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Highstep Double by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Showstopper Double by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Two Point Bend by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: Art Basel Miami Beach by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Installation View: Art Basel Miami Beach by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Installation View: Art Basel Miami Beach by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Haberdashery by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Pageant by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Conspicuous Consumption by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Burden Cycle VIII (Orange) by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Tandem Orange by Derek Fordjour, 2019
VICTOR by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Colonial Headdress (after Cecil J. Rhodes) by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Team Box Green by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Carnival I by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Left Toe Step by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Conductor by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Installation View: The House Always Wins — In Memoriam by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Pringle Memorial by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Podium by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Five Open Wide by Derek Fordjour, 2019
Couplet 50 by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Showtime (Blue Deuce) by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Six Hand Stand by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Picture Day by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Protective Covenants & Restrictions by Derek Fordjour, 2018
Rally Finale by Derek Fordjour, 2017
Installation View: Parade by Derek Fordjour, 2017
Installation View: Parade by Derek Fordjour, 2017
WWYDTHUW by Derek Fordjour, 2017
No 10 by Derek Fordjour, 2017

Exhibitions

The House Always Wins at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour

The House Always Wins

Solo Show

Stains on a Decade at Josh Lilley, presenting Tom Anholt, Brian Bress, Peter Linde Busk, Gareth Cadwallader, Sarah Dwyer, Derek Fordjour, Nick Goss, Nicholas Hatfull, Christof Mascher, Rebecca Nassauer, Sarah Pichlkostner, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Belén Rodríguez, Kathleen Ryan, Analia Saban, Vicky Wright, Ryan Mosley, Celeste Rapone, Hurvin Anderson, Jack Burton, Ian Davis, Svenja Deininger, Holly Hendry, John Houck, Aliza Nisenbaum, Conrad Shawcross, Leon Kossoff, Tal R, Paula Rego, Euan Uglow & Kaari Upson

Stains on a Decade

Group Show

Art Basel Miami Beach at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour

Art Basel Miami Beach

Solo Show

Fun House at Josh Lilley, presenting Derek Fordjour, Brian Bress, Nicholas Hatfull, Alake Shilling, Genevieve Gaignard, Farah Atassi, Sayre Gomez & John Seal

Fun House

Group Show