Art Basel OVR: Portals

June 16, 2021 - June 19, 2021

Exhibitiors

COOPER COLE is pleased to present a solo presentation of Canadian artist Paul P. for Art Basel’s online fair, OVR: Portals.

Paul P.’s portraits are images appropriated from gay erotic magazines, specifically those produced in the years bracketed by the beginning of gay liberation and the advent of the AIDS crisis; a period of provisional freedoms. The models originate from the explicit material of desire, spectral and Janus-like, looking forwards and backwards in time; back to transient wellsprings of homosexual aesthetics and innuendo, and forwards to AIDS and other future tragedies, wherein aesthetic energy may lose or regain its unruly value. Other works, hovering between genres of landscape and abstraction, are extractions of architectural scenes of neighbourhoods in Venice, Italy. The paintings describe laundry hung to dry along coloured stucco alleys, bed sheets moving in the breeze; devices for further picturing ephemerality and erotics, in a city central to the history of innuendo.

Paul P. (b. 1977, Canada). Solo exhibitions include Morena di Luna/Maureen Paley, Hove, UK (2020); Queer Thoughts, New York, USA (2019); Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico (2019); Scrap Metal, Toronto, Canada (2015); and The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2007). Group exhibitions include Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2014); Les paris sont ouverts, Freud Museum, London (2011); and Compass in Hand, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009). P.’s work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hammer Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Whitney Museum, among others.

Artworks

Paul P.

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Untitled, 2012

Oil on canvas

P.P0143

13" X 8.7"
33.02cm X 22.1cm

Paul P.

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Untitled, Oil on linen

2020

P.P0182

9.4" X 6.3"
23.88cm X 16cm

Paul P.

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Untitled, 2016

Oil on linen

P.P0202

16.1" X 13"
40.89cm X 33.02cm

Paul P.

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Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas

P.P0144

28.7" X 21.3"
72.9cm X 54.1cm

Paul P.

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Untitled, 2019

Oil on canvas

P.P0077

16.1" X 13"
40.89cm X 33.02cm

Paul P.

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Untitled, 2020

Oil on linen

P.P0164

16.1" X 10.6"
40.89cm X 26.92cm

Paul P.

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Untitled, 2012

Oil on canvas

P.P0145

13" X 8.7"
33.02cm X 22.1cm

Paul P.

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Untitled, 2020

Oil on canvas

P.P0133

36.2" X 25.6"
91.95cm X 65.02cm