The Forrest Bess Variations | Online Viewing Room
Greene Naftali has devoted an online viewing room to Richard Hawkins's exhibition The Forrest Bess Variations, on view in the Ground Floor gallery through Saturday, April 23.
Hawkins has repeatedly examined Bess's oeuvre through his own lens, and The Forrest Bess Variations are his most recent interventions into the older artist’s iconic work. This latest group of paintings and works on paper typifies Hawkins’s exceptionally receptive and flexible approach, which studies and builds upon the ideas and methods of historical figures to renew his own. Hawkins notes that he was "barely drinking age" when he first saw Bess's arresting works reproduced in Texas Monthly; "But I can say with certainty that there was hardly a greater inspiration than Forrest Bess in my early evolution as an artist."
Richard Hawkins lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Greene Naftali, New York (2022, 2019, 2018, 2016); Tate, Liverpool (2014); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); and the Art Institute of Chicago, which traveled to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010). His work is in the collections of the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.