A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space), dated 1992

THE UPPER ROOM: Guy Mees

David Zwirner is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Guy Mees (1935-2003) in THE UPPER ROOM at the gallery's London location—the first solo presentation of the artist's work in the United Kingdom. A leading figure of the Belgian postwar avant-garde, Mees is known for his radical and poetic approach to space, form, and material. On view will be works from the artist's key bodies of work, spanning from the 1960s through the 1990s, that collectively demonstrate both the formal breadth and conceptual consistency of his singular oeuvre.

Mees first gained recognition as a member of the Nieuwe Vlaamse School (New Flemish School) that formed in Antwerp in 1960 who, thanks to their contact with many of the artists affiliated with the international ZERO network, mounted a number of group shows throughout Europe during their brief existence. It was during this period that Mees developed his breakthrough series "Verloren Ruimte" ("Lost Space"), 1960–1967, which comprised wall-mounted monochromatic panels and freestanding neon objects, both of which were covered in lace. This early body of work–titled in reference to the artist’s desire to shatter pictorial space–constitutes a programmatic assertion of Mees's working method, which was relentlessly experimental and deliberately open-ended and malleable.

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Dates
June 28July 28, 2017
Private view
Tuesday, June 27, 6 - 8 PM
Artist
Guy Mees
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled 2X (80 X 900 mm, 80 X 800 mm, 80 X 700 mm, 60 X 600 mm, 80 X 500 mm, 80 X 400 mm, 80 X 300 mm,..., dated 1968-1970

Guy Mees

2X (80 X 900 mm, 80 X 800 mm, 80 X 700 mm, 60 X 600 mm, 80 X 500 mm, 80 X 400 mm, 80 X 300 mm, 80 X 200 mm, 80 X 100 mm), 1968-1970
Chrome and felt in eighteen (18) parts
43 7/8 x 35 1/2 inches (111.5 x 90 cm)
A photograph by Guy Mees, titled Portretten (Portraits), dated 1971-72

Guy Mees

Portretten (Portraits), 1971-1972
Black-and-white photographs on cardboard in four (4) parts
Photograph, each: 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (16.8 x 11.3 cm) Cardboard, each: 17 3/8 x 13 3/4 inches (43.9 x 34.9 cm) Overall: 17 3/8 x 55 3/8 inches (43.9 x 140.7 cm)
An installation view featuring works by Guy Mees, dated 2017
An installation view featuring works by Guy Mees, dated 2017
An installation view featuring works by Guy Mees, dated 2017
An installation view featuring works by Guy Mees, dated 2017
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Untitled, dated 1998-2000

Guy Mees

Untitled, 1998-2000
Watercolor on glassine paper
63 x 47 1/2 inches (160 x 120.5 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Untitled, dated 1998-2000

Guy Mees

Untitled, 1998-2000
Watercolor on glassine paper
63 x 47 1/2 inches (160.2 x 120.5 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled 2X (80 X 900 mm, 80 X 800 mm, 80 X 700 mm, 60 X 600 mm, 80 X 500 mm, 80 X 400 mm, 80 X 300 mm,..., dated 1968-1970

Guy Mees

2X (80 X 900 mm, 80 X 800 mm, 80 X 700 mm, 60 X 600 mm, 80 X 500 mm, 80 X 400 mm, 80 X 300 mm, 80 X 200 mm, 80 X 100 mm), 1968-1970
Chrome and felt in eighteen (18) parts
43 7/8 x 35 1/2 inches (111.5 x 90 cm)

Guy Mees

Portretten (Portraits), 1971
Video; black-and-white, silent
Duration: 3:29 minutes
A photograph by Guy Mees, titled Portretten (Portraits), dated 1971-72

Guy Mees

Portretten (Portraits), 1971-1972
Black-and-white photographs on cardboard in four (4) parts
Photograph, each: 6 5/8 x 4 1/2 inches (16.8 x 11.3 cm) Cardboard, each: 17 3/8 x 13 3/4 inches (43.9 x 34.9 cm) Overall: 17 3/8 x 55 3/8 inches (43.9 x 140.7 cm)

Guy Mees

31X (60x60x6) plexiglas, 31X (60x60x6) chroom (31X [60x60x6] plexiglas, 31X [60x60x6] chrome), 1968-1970
Chrome and Plexiglas
Overall dimensions variable As installed: 3 1/8 x 56 1/8 x 2 3/8 inches (8 x 142.5 x 6 cm) Chrome: 2 3/4 x 47 5/8 x 2 3/8 inches (7 x 121 x 6 cm) Plexiglas: 2 3/4 x 47 7/8 x 2 3/8 inches (7 x 121.4 x 6 cm)

Guy Mees

Portretten (Portraits), 1970
Black-and-white photographs and pencil on cardboard
28 5/8 x 25 3/8 inches (72.6 x 65.5 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space), dated 1964-67

Guy Mees

Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space), 1964-1967
Lace, neon, and wood
28 7/8 x 27 3/4 x 27 3/4 inches (73.3 x 70.3 x 70.3 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Untitled, dated 1994

Guy Mees

Untitled, 1994
Colored paper collage on paper
69 3/8 x 59 inches (176 x 150 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Untitled, dated 1998-2000

Guy Mees

Untitled, 1998-2000
Watercolor on glassine paper
63 x 47 1/2 inches (160 x 120.5 cm)

Guy Mees

Untitled, 1998-2001
Watercolor on glassine paper
63 x 47 3/8 inches (160 x 120.3 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Untitled, dated 1998-2000

Guy Mees

Untitled, 1998-2000
Watercolor on glassine paper
63 x 47 1/2 inches (160.2 x 120.5 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Untitled, dated 1998-2001

Guy Mees

Untitled, 1998-2001
Watercolor on glassine paper
63 3/4 x 47 5/8 inches (162 x 121 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space), dated 1992

Guy Mees

Verloren Ruimte (Lost Space), 1992
Colored paper
31 1/2 x 92 1/8 inches (80 x 234 cm)
A sculpture by Guy Mees, titled Van het blauw van de zee (From the blue to the sea), dated 1980-1990

Guy Mees

Van het blauw van de zee (From the blue to the sea), 1980-1990
6 sheets of paper taped together. Watermarked paper: Ingres Van Gelder Zonen
52 3/8 x 60 1/4 inches (133 x 153 cm)

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