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Bram Bogart: Signs

24 November 2023 - 6 January 2024



White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present the first exhibition in Asia of the late Dutch-born Belgian artist Bram Bogart (1921–2012). Drawing from across his extensive career, the exhibition pays particular attention to Bogart’s unique exploration of paint as sensorial, sculptural matter, showing works made between 1952 to 2009.During his life, Bogart became known for his dense, object-like paintings. Fusing gesture with substance, sensual colour with minimal form, he elided the mediums of painting and sculpture to pursue his own singular path.The title of the exhibition derives from the artist’s prolific ‘signs’ series, produced from the late-1950s onwards and prevalent throughout his career. Reducing the figurative to the schematic, these works comprise shapes embedded within thick painted surfaces, and assert Bogart’s belief that ‘everything in nature, in a simplified form, leads back to the sign: rectangle, square, cross, circle, etc. These are forms which have had considerable impact throughout the development of my work.’Through various techniques, including swapping the easel for the floor to enable a heavy application of paint, to pouring the medium from buckets or trowels, Bogart created emphatically sculptural works freighted with a physical presence.


24 November 2023
6 January
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