Founded in 2015, Maximilian William began with an itinerant model which allowed the gallery to gradually form a roster of contemporary artists. An impulse to expand alongside the advancing careers of these artists led to the establishment of a permanent gallery space in Fitzrovia in 2019. The gallery is artist-centric, collaborating closely with those it supports to build their platforms. On occasion, the gallery seeks to produce exhibitions that highlight those who have influenced its creative community, with the aim of presenting pivotal figures to a new generation. Alongside exhibition making, the gallery is committed to publishing, producing a range...
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  • Embodying Anew: Simone Leigh, Magdalene Odundo & Thaddeus Mosley, 06 May - 19 June 2021

    Magdalene Odundo

    Untitled, 1984

    Burnished and carbonised terracotta
    31.5 x 20 cm

    Courtesy Private Collection, London.

    Embodying Anew: Simone Leigh, Magdalene Odundo & Thaddeus Mosley

    06 May - 19 June 2021
    Maximillian William is proud to present Embodying Anew an exhibition of work by Magdalene Odundo, Simone Leigh and Thaddeus Mosley, three artists who engage extensively with international creative practices to synthesize the aesthetics of a vast array of visual traditions within their work. While, like earlier Modernist artists, they engage with the formal elements of vernacular and functional objects from the African continent and diaspora, they reject the condescending ethnographic approach which has tarred the history of African influence on Western art. Instead of decontextualizing their sources, these artists explore and uncover the significance of them, a process which incorporates multiple levels of meaning into their work. Magdalene Odundo may have started her career with a traditional British studio potter education but has since gone on to assimilate and refine techniques gleaned from her travels, distilling this knowledge into a distinctive approach to her medium. Odundo's sleek rounded vessels might...