Tyrrell Winston‘s recent installation was a little too controversial for local authorities in Hong Kong, but fans can enjoy a new solo presentation that will surely stay the course while it is on view at the miart modern and contemporary art fair in Milan. Produced in conjunction with Stems Gallery, the American artist is featuring a selection of work from his recent Punishment Paintings series, loads of deflated basketballs and more.
Born in Southern California and now based in Detroit, Winston first rose to prominence by scouring the streets of New York City for discarded basketballs that he would recreate into sculptural assemblages — fusing his love of the sport with art. Since that time, he has made commissioned work for the likes of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin to presenting solo exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum and Library Street Collective, amongst many.
During the pandemic, Winston was largely confined to the studio, rather than looking for material out and about. His Punishment Paintings developed in this time and are rooted in the tragic side of celebrity, as well as art history, such as frequent references to Cy Twombly and John Baldessari. “There is something equally spectacular and tragic about contemporary mythological figures. And over the last 18 or so months, I’ve had ample time to dive into the myths of American celebrity,” Winston previously told Hypebeast, as he paints the signatures of sporting icons.
Catch his latest presentation of work at miart in Milan until April 16 and learn more about the fair here.
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