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David Salle, Playing, Dreaming, 2015, oil, acrylic, crayon, and ink-jet print on linen, 78 × 101 3/4".

David Salle

Lehmann Maupin | Hong Kong

David Salle, Playing, Dreaming, 2015, oil, acrylic, crayon, and ink-jet print on linen, 78 × 101 3/4".

Anyone who has ever been to a bustling Asian metropolis will be familiar with the barrage of visual information coming from all directions. So it’s no surprise, really, how David Salle’s distinctive and often discordant work perfectly situates itself in such a context. His first solo exhibition in Hong Kong’s compressed and restless urban landscape consisted of five recent medium-scale paintings, dating from 2014 to the present, along with ten small paintings made this year. The carefully balanced exhibition didn’t feel cramped. The same might be said for the works themselves, in which a thoughtful compression builds on a profusion of layered imagery oscillating between balance and counterbalance—a lyrical counterpoint operating equally and, in the best cases, simultaneously.

Playing, Dreaming, 2015, the largest and most complex painting in the exhibition, incorporates Salle’s

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