Paris is hosting a number of art events and exhibitions this week, featuring artists such as Sheila Hicks, Richard Prince, Pratchaya Phinthong, Jérôme Zonder and many others. Here is Blouin Artinfo’s list of some of these must visit shows.
“Robert Grosvenor | Richard Prince” at Galerie Max Hetzler
Two New York-based artists unite in this Parisian show- Robert Grosvenor (b.1937) from East Patchogue, and Richard Prince (b.1949) from the Upstate New York– showcasing one work each. Grosvenor’s spacious sculptures draw viewer’s attention with their specific materiality and unconventional formal language; while Prince’s paintings are known for defying the notion of ownership and authority. On view is Prince’s “Untitled” (2009/2010), which is a monumental example of his “Check Paintings”. Composed of three panels, the work embodies superimposed fragments of borrowed jokes and reproductions of nurse-romance book covers. Grosvenor presents “Untitled” (2015-2017), which resembles a boat made of plywood and fiberglass, continuing with his practice of sculptures that often seem to overcome the principles of physics.
“The Water Lilies: The American Abstract Art and the Last Monet” at Musée de l’Orangerie
In 1955, the first director of the New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Alfred Barr, acquired one of Monet’s large panels of “Water Lilies” into the collection of the museum. At that time, these artworks, still in the artist’s studio in Giverny, used to be considered as ‘decorations,’ and the artist was presented as ‘a bridge between the naturalism of early Impressionism and the highly developed school of Abstract Art’ in the New York art scene. This acquisition by Barr resonated with American Abstract Expression, and idea of ‘Abstract Impressionism’ was conceived at this very same era. The exhibition focuses precisely on this forging point, when some of these later works of Monet were rediscovered from his Giverny studio; and the New York School of Abstract Art came into light with nearly 20 major paintings by American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Mark Tobey, Sam Francis, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Ellsworth Kelly.
Matthew Porter’s “The Links are Joined and Form a Ring” at Xippas Gallery
New York-based artist Matthew Porter’s debut solo in Paris-“The Links are Joined and Form a Ring” brings together a series of avant-garde photographic works by the artist. Porter treats his photographic films similar to canvases, and uses experiments from old and new technologies to explore possibilities in image construction and manipulation. The featured works in the show include the cast-offs from the fabrication found in the studio of Porter’s sculptor father, who is himself inspired by the Modernist period. The artist places these wood cuts, shavings, and steel pieces on the floor of his father’s studio to form near- abstract black and white compositions, and with a hint of nostalgia from the bygone era, these pieces are rendered with a second life.
“Lignes de Vie” by Sheila Hicks at Center Pompidou
American artist Sheila Hicks’s post-war practice embodies a wide range of creative gestures – from knot to wrap to fold to twist-across materials like wool, flax or cotton. The works continuously challenge the categories within art, artists and their hierarchies. In “Lignes de Vie,” a selection of her works is on view through a vibrant installation of color and shapes, encompassing creations from her entire career.
Pratchaya Phinthong’s “A whole from a different half” at Gb agency
Through this exhibition, Bangkok based artist Pratchaya Phinthong attempts to re-generate his past works. The selection of works in this show includes wall drawing to photographic prints, all of which allude to his old works. This rumination of these old works, as well as the subjects rendered in these works, evokes re-evaluations of past actions whilst acquainting with impending occurrence.
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Jérôme Zonder’s ‘Des Homo Sapiens’ at Galerie Nathalie Obadia
Jerome Zonder’s first exhibition with the gallery’s Paris locations takes the viewers through his work of the last 10 years. Zonder has spent two decades on the constantly reinvented practice of drawing. “Des Homo Sapiens” is a vast, spatio-temporal fresco, which has transformed the gallery rooms into a graphic and symbolic Gallery of Evolution. Its diverse motifs represent Algerian War casualties and the victims of the Nice terrorist attacks.
“Wild Souls: Symbolism in the Baltic States” at Musée d’Orsay
The independent states constituting the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – were established at the end of World War I in 1918. On its centenary year, this exhibition at Musée d’Orsay showcases examples of Baltic Symbolism, from the 1890s through the end of the 1920s. The show underscores the influences which led local artists to master a creative language appropriate to their intellectual world. The subjects include elements from popular culture, folklore and local legends. Amongst the featured artists, only the Lithuanian painter and composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis has been exhibited outside his country in the past.
Gérard Garouste’s “Zeugma” at Galerie Templon
The exhibition presents about 30 oil paintings by artist Gérard Garouste, created in the span of the last three years. “Zeugma” means “the bridge” in Greek, and the images conjured in these paintings encompass a wide array of symbols like bridges, rivers, animated and distorted characters, plucked geese, herds of donkeys, and recognizable figures like Pinocchio, Kafka and Borges. The artist, although a lot calmer in his approach than his past, takes a radical step with this exhibition. The works represent combination of stories from the Talmudic tradition with elements borrowed from literature and his own life, takes on the themes that was once very essential to him, as well as their prevailing interpretations.
Prolific French draftsman Israël Silvestre’s (1621–1691) engravings are well-known because of their wide circulation, but his drawings remained relatively elusive to public viewing. The Musée du Louvre houses a rich collection of these drawings, and through this exhibition, they have been brought in front of the public for the first time.
Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela’s successful association with Parisian fashion brand Hermès is the theme of the exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts. The designer had a thriving collaborative period with Hermès from 1997 and 2003, and the exhibition pays tribute to their partnership with a presentation of a selection of Margiela’s ready-to-wear collections he designed for the Parisian brand during their years together.
“Lee Bae: Black Mapping” at Perrotin
The exhibition focuses on a selection of works with charcoal that Korean-born artist Lee Bae (b.1956) carried out during his career. Although the black and creamy white acrylic paintings of his recent years have been very popular with his viewers, his “charcoal period” works define a definitive phase in his life. Created in the late 1990s and early 2000s, these works with charcoal were rarely exhibited at that time, but his practice with this powerful material mark a decisive turning point in his creative process. It reconnected him with his roots of strong symbolism and poetic weight of Korean traditional art when he arrived in Paris in 1990, and the material allowed him to combine and align his two most motivating subjects- a reflection on the material and a quest for blackness.
Y.Z. Kami’s “Geometry of Light” at Gagosian
New York-based Iranian artist Y.Z. Kami (b. 1956) creates large-scale portraits and abstractions that seek new dimensions from their materials. For this show, the artist investigates the form of portraiture with the patterns and processes of geometry. On view in two separate galleries are his new and recent Dome paintings and portraits, featuring 17th-century French mathematician, writer, and theologian Blaise Pascal, the artist himself, and his partner Daniele as subjects, charged with geometric approximations.
This exhibition highlights the extensive artistic and aesthetic exchanges between Dutch and French painters from the reign of Napoleon to the beginning of the 20th century. From traditional flower paintings to the aesthetic ruptures of modernity, the show includes work by artists such as Jongkind, van Gogh, Géricault, David, Corot, Millet, Boudin, Cézanne, Monet, Signac, Picasso, Ary Scheffer, van Dongen or Mondrian.
“Guernica” at Musée Picasso
Pablo Picasso’s mural-sized oil on canvas work “Guernica,” kept in Spain, is considered as one of the masterpieces created by the 20th-century artist. Following the 80th anniversary of the creation of the work, Musée Picasso is hosting this exhibition in association with the National Museum Reina Sofía Art Center, focused on the anti-Franco, anti-fascist and pacifist symbol. The exhibition aims to educate us on the history of Guernica and clarifies questions about Picasso’s political engagement, with a display of an additional collection of sketches and archives.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.
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