Joint representation of Pinaree Sanpitak by Ames Yavuz and Galerie Lelong & Co. New York

22 May 2024

Ames Yavuz is pleased to announce the representation of Thai-artist, Pinaree Sanpitak by Galerie Lelong & Co. New York in North and South America in collaboration with Ames Yavuz.

Can Yavuz, Founding Director of Ames Yavuz comments: “Having worked intimately with Pinaree for over a decade, I am excited to continue celebrating her ongoing journey in the Americas through our partnership with Galerie Lelong & Co. New York. Over the past three decades Pinaree has produced an expansive body of work celebrating the human body, particularly of the breast as a symbol of life, womanhood, motherhood, and love.” 

Pinaree Sanpitak (b. 1961, Thailand) is one of Asia’s most important contemporary artists. In the 1990s, her ground-breaking exhibition Breast Works marked the start of the artist’s reference to an emergent and defining iconography: the women’s breast, which Sanpitak has become renowned for. Over the last four decades, she has developed an enigmatic inventory of symbols distilling women’s bodies to their most elemental parts, expressed variously through vessels, breasts, eggs, and subtly curved profiles. Conflated with imagery of the offering bowl or a Buddhist stupa (shrine), Sanpitak has created a complex lexicon that weaves seamlessly between the sacred and the profane. Characterised by tenderness and ethereality, Sanpitak’s works are tethered to a captivation with her own body, motherhood, and womanhood. 

Her sensorial inquiries also reveal a keen sensitivity towards a range of materials, and she has produced an expansive and compelling body of work across diverse media and techniques including painting, collage, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation and performance. Underpinning Sanpitak’s practice is an abiding fascination with the potentiality of the body, her own body as sensate space, her lived experience of the bodily as a woman and, more recently, the charged and often convivial space between and among bodies that her participatory works create. 

Sanpitak’s works have been shown in numerous museum and biennales. Her recent exhibitions include: Bangkok Art Biennale (2023); The Milk of Dreams, curated by Cecilia Alemani, 59th Venice Biennale (2022); A Spirit of Gift, A Place of Sharing, Hancock Shaker Village Museum (2022); The Black and The Red House, Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2019); The Roof, commissioned by Arts Brookfield, Brookfield Place Winter Garden, New York, USA (2017); and Breast Stupa Topiary, Jim Thompson Farm, Thailand (2018). 

Sanpitak’s works are included in the collections of over 30 institutions, including: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA), The Phillips Collection (USA), Asian Art Museum San Francisco (USA), Chrysler Museum (USA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (USA), Nasher Museum of Art (USA), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (Japan), 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Japan), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Australia), Art Gallery of South Australia, Arter–Vehbi Koç Foundation (Turkey), National Gallery Singapore, Museum MACAN (Indonesia) and M+ (Hong Kong). In 2007, she received the Silpathorn Award from the Thai Ministry of Culture, one of the top honours for artists in the country. 

Image: Profile of Pinaree Sanpitak, photo by Dham Srifeungfung.

Pinaree Sanpitak, Balancing Act 19, 2024, Mulberry paper, needle, metal, motor, Sculptures: H12 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm; H8.5 x 8 x 8 cm; H10 x 8 x 8 cm; H15.5 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm; H23.5 x 21 x 21 cm, Base: H58.3 x 50 x 50 cm
Pinaree Sanpitak, The Vessel, 2024, Cast aluminium, 78.5 x 200.8 x 91.5 cm, Series of 5 + 1AP (#1/5)
Pinaree Sanpitak, the body as a vessel for memory and a site for ceremony, 2024, acrylic, pencil, feathers on canvas, 250 x 250 cm