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David Lynch

Squeaky Flies in the Mud
1 November – 21 December 2019
Sperone Westwater, New York
Main Gallery Installation View 1
Main Gallery View 3
Main Gallery View 5a
Main Gallery View 6a
Main Gallery View 4
East Gallery View 1
Second Floor View 2
Moving Room View 2

Press release

Sperone Westwater is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artist and filmmaker David Lynch, his first with the gallery.  The show will feature paintings, works on paper, watercolors, lamp sculptures and furniture.


Lynch’s five-decade career includes an extensive range of art-making— painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, music and film. While studying at the Boston Museum School and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in the late 1960s, Lynch envisioned his first ‘moving painting’; a multidimensional painting beneath a moving projection titled Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) (1967). This multimedia work marked Lynch’s first foray into video and filmmaking. Since that time, his prolific career has touched on subjects of the organic body and industrial sites in various states of decay, describing a deeper human experience both beyond and within the everyday. Often depicting these scenes with a language of surrealism and mystery, Lynch’s work balances at the porous divide between the body and the world it inhabits.


Lynch has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including, most recently, a survey at HOME, Manchester (2019). Retrospectives include “Someone is in my House” at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2018-19), “Silence and Dynamism” at the Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland (2017-18), “Between Two Worlds” at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia (2015), and “The Air is on Fire” at the Fondation Cartier, Paris (2007). In 2014-15, a survey was presented at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where he studied. In 2013-14, Brett Littman curated a thematic selection of works utlizing “naming” through narrative text at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles, which traveled to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (2014-15). Other earlier important solos included “David Lynch: The Factory Photographs” at the Photographers’ Gallery, London (2014), the GL Strand in Copenhagen (2010-11), and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow (2009).


Born in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch now lives and works in Los Angeles. Lynch is also known as a filmmaker and recording artist who over the past three decades has written and directed critically acclaimed films such as Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), Lost Highway (1997), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006) and the television series Twin Peaks (1990-91). He is also represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.


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Artists in this Exhibition

Exhibition press

The Brooklyn Rail logo
Art in Conversation: David Lynch with Phong Bui
December 2019/January 2020
Interview magazine logo
Into: David Lynch's Decapitated Mickey Mouse
by Conor Williams
20 November 2019
The New Yorker magazine logo
David Lynch
by Johanna Fateman
20 November 2019
Artnet logo
‘He Seeks the Normal in the Abnormal’: See Inside David Lynch’s Unsettling New Gallery Show
by Caroline Elbaor
20 November 2019
Town and Country magazine logo
David Lynch Loves Electricity, and That's Why He Started Designing Lamps
by Adam Rathe
13 November 2019
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David Lynch Turns His Cryptic Storytelling into Frightening New Canvases
by Alina Cohen
8 November 2019
Vogue logo
The Expanded Consciousness of David Lynch’s Squeaky Flies in the Mud
by Grace Edquist
8 November 2019
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When David Lynch Makes Visual Art
by Balasz Takac
28 October 2019
Wall Street Journal Magazine logo
David Lynch Doesn’t Believe in Suffering for Art
By Laura Neilson
24 October 2019
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