For the summer of 2015, Sadie Coles HQ presents June: A Painting Show, an exhibition of paintings by an international selection of artists. The display traces various modes of representation that have come to define figurative painting in recent decades, or to move the medium altogether beyond categories such as ‘figurative’ and ‘abstract’. Bringing together artists of diverse generations and genres, the exhibition centres on the body as a contradictory object – graceful and abject, mundane and mutable. Through a focus on artists’ figuring or reconfiguring of the human form, June: A Painting Show reflects the ways in which painters have increasingly dispensed with – or drastically conflated – the discrete ‘-isms’ and ideological camps of earlier generations. The paintings of Chicago-based Jonathan Gardner compress the styles and motifs of Modernism into flattened, near-cartoonis

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