Rococo references bubble and churn beneath the abstractions of Flora Yukhnovich—lush pastel shade, dramatic brushwork—however by no means take kind. Fairly, artwork historical past, and the lads who made its hierarchies, are indentured to trendy preoccupations, just like the insidious, gendered assumptions of femininity and energy that also inform interpretations of kind, shade, and intention. It’s a neat mission that has earned Yukhnovich seven-figure gross sales and important consideration—and now, new gallery illustration.
The London-based artist has discovered a second house with Hauser & Wirth, whose expansive empire consists of locales in New York, Monaco, and Hong Kong. She’s going to proceed to be represented by London-based gallery Victoria Miro.
“I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of Hauser & Wirth,” Yukhnovich advised ARTnews. “I’ve lengthy admired so most of the gallery’s artists—from painters Maria Lassnig to Pat Steir, to these working extra conceptually, comparable to Pipilotti Rist and Roni Horn—and am honored to be amongst such a roster.”
Yukhnovich’s first exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, starring new work, will open in 2024 in Los Angeles. Primarily based solely on her exhibition historical past, audiences may anticipate nice, sweeping gestures and intense colours that, mixed, resemble a primordial soup: luminous, deep house currents hiding literary homages and popular culture critiques (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Kim Kardashian have been recognized to coexist on a canvas). The titles present a useful context, like Heat,Moist N’ Wild and Possibly She’s Born With It, each from 2022.
Born in 1990 in Norwich, Yukhnovich attended Metropolis & Guilds of London Artwork College and, in an uncommon feat, gained gallery illustration swiftly after commencement. (Her first seller, Matt Watkins, found her work on Instagram.) She made a buzzy debut on the worldwide artwork market in January 2022, when considered one of her work—solely her third to return to public sale—exceeded its $80,000 estimate at Phillips New York to promote for $1.2 million; at the very least three work have since surpassed that report.
“I’m captivated by Flora’s work, which I discover so startling in its formal qualities in addition to conceptually wealthy and multi-layered,” Iwan Wirth, president of Hauser & Wirth, advised ARTnews. “She has a unprecedented capability to symbiotically mix cues to previous masters with up to date cultural references, and this permits her work to repeatedly develop in thrilling new instructions. Flora is an artist forging a daring new path in portray.”