Founded in Berlin over 30 years ago by Céline & Heiner Bastian the gallery specialises in the work of Post-War artists, many of whom we worked with for many years, including Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg amongst others.
In February 2019 we opened a gallery in Mayfair, London, in order to share our knowledge and bring world-class exhibitions from Berlin to London.
Focusing on paintings executed at the end of the Second World War and immediately afterwards, Hans Hofmann - Fury presents works from the German-born American artist in the UK for the first time. The exhibition pays homage to a pivotal time in the artist’s career, a period which saw Hofmann’s style develop into the abstract, in response to the challenges of the era. Hofmann’s angular abstractions, such as Fury No. 1, 1945, personify the insecurities of the period; but in parallel Hofmann also moved towards soft ambiguous forms and gesture which would become the hallmark of the Abstract Expressionist movement.
Installation view of Ulrich Erben, Paintings at BASTIAN. Courtesy Bastian. Photo by Luke A. Walker.
Pablo Picasso, The Complete Set of 20 Visage plates, 1963, ceramic, diameter of each plate: 25 cm / 9.8 in. Courtesy BASTIAN. Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Installation view of Dan Flavin, For Prudence at BASTIAN. Courtesy Bastian. Photo by Luke A. Walker.
Installation view of Hans Hofmann, Fury: Painting after the War at BASTIAN. Courtesy Bastian. Photo by Luke A. Walker.