Devendra Banhart’s First Solo Art Show In Los Angeles Set For Feb. 13 To Mar. 20

“Nothing is more gall-bitter than suffering, nothing more honey-sweet than having suffered.” — Meister Eckhart

Devendra Banhart’s barbarous, nonlinear nomenclature is savage in its nonaggression, and completely at peace with its perverse audacity. The recursive abstracted forms within his canvases are a non-hierarchical alphabet of allegories for the diminishment and destruction of ego. Each mouth, prick, eye, and ass breaks apart and reconstructs itself until they become a collective commune of equally all-important, yet weightless pieces of the tantric universe. They are a cycle of mala beads through the fingers of time.

The Grief I Have Caused You, Banhart’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, is a survey of recent paintings and drawings mostly completed during a year when the Grand Pendulum neglected to swing back to “having suffered.” Though they were sowed in a moment of near-universal hurt, each composition manifests an equal, harmonic measure of joy: grotesque figurations of comedy and tragedy embrace and approach fellatio in “Nyima & Dawa,” 2021; a fat-bottomed, high-heeled hiker rejoices at a finally flat stretch of terrain while a behemoth of a feline looms menacingly overhead in “Twilight Hiker,” 2021; “Offering,” 2021, is a total deconstruction of the elements represented within the first two, a Buddhist garden partially digested by the biome of infinity. (Banhart’s flora includes the cubist and surrealist tendencies of Paul Klee, the expressionistic poetry of Helen Frankenthaler, and the violent gestures of Ethel Schwabacher, to name a few.)

If time is a circular property, then the human condition is a perennial state of suffering and having suffered, often and increasingly all at once. The Grief I Have Caused You is the artist’s rumination on the uniquely personal, yet absolute universality of this push-and-pull. His grief is your grief, but so is his ecstasy. Viewings can be reserved via the gallery’s website HERE.

Devendra Banhart (b. 1980, Houston, Texas) lives and works in Los Angeles. An internationally renowned musician considered a pioneer of the “freak folk” and “New Weird America” movements, Banhart has toured, performed, and collaborated with Vashti Bunyan, Yoko Ono, Os Mutantes, Swans, ANOHNI, Caetano Veloso, and Beck, amongst many others. His musical work has always existed symbiotically alongside his pursuits in the other fine arts. In addition to painting and drawing most of his own album covers (the album artwork for his 2010 album What Will We Be was nominated for a Grammy), he has contributed to Doug Aitken’s multimedia Station to Station project. He has performed at MoMA (New York), MoCA (Los Angeles), The Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), LACMA (Los Angeles), and The Broad Museum (Los Angeles). Exhibitions include Voglio proprio vedere, Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (2017); Sphinx Interiors & Other Works, Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (2014, solo); Abstract Rhythms: Paul Klee and Devendra Banhart, SFMoMA, San Francisco (2007–2008); Music is a Better Noise, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York (2007); and Devendra Banhart, Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (2006, solo). His monograph of drawings and paintings I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street (2015, Prestel) features essays by Jeffrey Deitch and Beck.

The Grief I Have Caused You is Banhart’s first solo exhibition with Nicodim, and his first in Los Angeles.

Devendra Banhart

° Born 1981, Houston, Texas

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Selected Exhibitions

2021   The Grief I Caused You, Nicodim, Los Angeles

2020   Human is a Five Letter Word, Galerie Droste, Wuppertal

2017   Voglio Proprio Vedere… Musica da guardare arte da ascoltare, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy 2014 Devendra Banhart: Sphinx Interiors & Other Works, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (solo)

2011   Devendra Banhart, Keegan McHargue, and Adam Tullie: Strangers in the Night, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milan, Italy

2010   The Artist’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2008   It’s not only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby!, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels Abstract Rhythms: Paul Klee and Devendra Banhart, SFMOMA, San Francisco

2007   Music is a Better Noise, MoMA PS1, Queens, New York

2006   Devendra Banhart, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy (solo) Uncertain States of America, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulbrich Obrist, and Daniel Birnbaum, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo Drawings and Paintings of Places and Things, Atelier Cardenas Bellanger, Paris Yo Miro Un Garza Mora dandole Combate a un Rio, curated by Devendra Banhart, Atelier Cardenas Bellanger, Paris

2004   Devendra Banhart Drawings, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York (solo) Yesteryear, CANADA, New York California Earthquakes, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York Majority Whip, White Box, New York

2003   You Are My Sunshine, You Is My Sunshine, CANADA, New York Institutional

Performances

2020  The Broad, Los Angeles

2019   Hauser and Wirth, Los Angeles

2017   The Broad, Los Angeles

2015   Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

2011   The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

2010   Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

2007   Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA)

Albums

2019  Ma

2016  Ape in Pink Marble

2013  Mala

2009  What Will We Be

2007  Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon 2005 Cripple Crow

2004  Rejoicing in the Hands

2004  Niño Rojo

2002  The Charles C. Leary

2002  Oh Me Oh My

Publications

2019 Vanishing Wave (Anteism)

        Weeping Gang Bliss Void Yab-Yum (Featherproof)

2015  I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street (Prestel) Unburdened By Meaning: Adam Tullie & Devendra Banhart (Anteism)

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