White Cube

Al Held 

Nov 22 – Jan 4
Opening: Thursday, Nov 21, 6 – 8pm

Vorcex II by Al Held, Acrylic on canvas, 213.4 x 213.4 cm, 1984. © the artist. Photo © Christopher Burke, New York. Courtesy White Cube

The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by American painter Al Held (1928−2005). This is Held’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in Asia.

A pioneer of hard-edged abstraction, Al Held created works of great complexity during his 50-year career. Split over two levels, the exhibition begins by tracing the development of Held’s oeuvre through works on paper and small-scale paintings from the 1950s to the 1980s. It culminates with a room dedicated to his quest to expand the language of abstraction, featuring a number of major paintings from his ‘Luminous Construct’ series: powerful, colourful, hard-edged geometric works inspired by the perspective and illusionism of Renaissance painting.


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50 Connaught Road, Central
(852) 2592 2000
Tu-Sa 11am to 7pm

The first of White Cube’s galleries to be located outside of the UK, White Cube Hong Kong is situated at 50 Connaught Road, in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central district. Since its inception in March 2012, the gallery has hosted a varied programme of exhibitions including Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer, Damien Hirst and Cerith Wyn Evans. The gallery provides an interior exhibition space of 550 m2 (6000 sq ft) which is set over two floors and has a ceiling height of over 4.5 metres. The building was designed by London based architects Maybank and Matthews.