Summer is in full swing this week in Paris, with a schedule of top-flight art exhibitions and events. Work by artists such as Peter Halley, Benoit Maire, Fabrice Gygi, Jan Fabre and many others is on view June 8-14. Blouin Artinfo provides a list of these must-visit art shows in Paris:
“Au-Dessous/Au-Dessus” by Peter Halley at Xippas
June 9 through July 28, 2018
The New York-based artist Peter Halley’s intricately geometric paintings recall cityscapes without exactly being cityscapes. “He has found his role models in pop and minimalism, with Barnett Newman, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol, instead of the canonical — and European — history of abstraction, which he has been a fierce critic of ever since his first writings at the beginning of the 1980s,” the gallery says. “In this tension between abstract and figurative work, architecture occupies an important place. His practice of geometric abstraction is, indeed, inseparable from his take on the city of New York, where he grew up. In 1991, he described it as a ‘huge, very abstract, very overscale undifferentiated grid,’ thereby casting the city as a matrix upon which to base his work.”
Halley transforms the entire Xippas gallery space with a complex installation of paintings, wall-sized digital prints, and texts. The first floor exhibits four paintings hung on a printed background; while the stairwell, the entrance, and the corridors are installed with a set of printed drawings highlighting the gallery’s architectural features; and three neo-plasticism inspired paintings adorn the basement, with text by Jill Gasparina.
“Un cheval, des silex” by Benoit Maire at Galerie Nathalie Obadia
June 8 through July 21, 2018
The Bordeaux-based artist Benoit Maire’s debut show with Galerie Nathalie Obadia explores the limits of representation, with a wide range of works that reside at the intersection of aesthetics and visual arts. The show includes a series of paintings and sculptures — some are hung on the wall, some are suspended in mid-air; some are set on pedestals or furniture — summing up an ambiguous body of work. In Benoit Maire’s work, “Concepts elaborated by Lyotard, Agamben, Bataille, or Lacan flood his works the way physical substances can,” says the gallery, describing Maire’s practice as a place where art and philosophy remain inseparably intertwined.
Sculpture in Full Color at the Musee d'Orsay
June 12 through September 9, 2018
In the history of sculpture, the relatively unknown tradition of 19th-century polychrome sculptures hold an important place. Until late 18th century, white marble and monochromatic patinas were the only accepted modes in sculpture. But, the museum says, “pioneering sculptors like Charles Cordier began to specialize in this technique from the 1850s. … The diversity of materials used testifies to the often sophisticated experimentation carried out, which sometimes produced surprising aesthetic results. Painted waxes and marbles, assembled coloured marbles, gold and silver bronzes, pate de verre and enameled stoneware became the new language of a new style of French sculpture, illustrating artists’ flair for experimentation at the end of the century.” “In Color: Polychrome Sculpture in France 1850-1910”, showcases around 50 works from the museum’s collection to offer an overview of this key facet of 19th century art.
“Aloalo: Mahafaly sculptures of the Efiaimbelos” at Perrotin
June 2 through July 28, 2018
Organized 20 years after the first presentation of Madagascan sculptor Efiaimbelo’s work at the gallery, this exhibition at Perrotin focuses on the funerary poles, or aloalo, created by him and his disciples. The aloalo is a 2-meter tall funerary pole sculpture crafted out of Mendorave, “a very dense, rare and sacred wood exclusively cut and handled by sculptors,” the gallery says.
The pole, carved and painted with figurines that have sacred significance, is placed on the tombs of important people in Madagascar. Efiaimbelo learned the art from his great grandfather Soroboko, and passed it to his son Jacques-Jean Efiaimbelo and his grandson Jean Colomb Efiaimbelo. Efiaimbelo was one of the first artists who modernized this craft with a combination of figurative scenes and traditional stories, and today, only five members of the clan continue this unique art.
Recent acquisitions of the Graphic Arts Cabinet at Center Pompidou
May 30 through September 3, 2018
The exhibition brings together a selection of 150 historical and Contemporary works on paper by more than 50 artists, acquired by the Center Pompidou since 2011. The exhibition opens with Henri Matisse's extensive stained glass project for the chapel of Vence , alongside a large collage by Contemporary artist Pierre Buraglio, which was inspired by the projects of Matisse's chasubles for this same chapel. Showcasing an extensive selection of works, the show adapts a chronological presentation, focusing on modern and contemporary drawings in equal measures.
“Fabrice Gygi: D-Concept” at Galerie Chantal Crousel
June 1 through July 13, 2018
Renowned Swiss artist Fabrice Gygi’s sixth solo with Galerie Chantal Crousel features a series of large-scale works on paper alongside two Corten steel sculptures. Gygi’s sculptural practice is abolished of any form of curve and employed with only geometrical shapes to denote the absence of sensuality. Adapting to the purity of abstract lines, his sculptures embody interplays of scale and shape, and evokes architectural prototypes. Similarly, his watercolor compositions are also devoid of any sort of curvature, and composed of horizontal and vertical lines. “Painted in a single stroke in overlapping layers, they attest to an extreme tension in execution and to the artist’s search for a harmony between concentration and rigidity, an effort to achieve ideal self-control in wielding the brush,” says the gallery.
“Critical Dictionary: In homage to G. Bataille” at Gagosian
June 1 through July 28, 2018
Borrowing its title from Georges Bataille’s “Critical Dictionary” (1929-30), the exhibition combines deconstructive texts by the French author with artworks by artists like Donald Judd, Guido Reni, Louise Bourgeois and many others from different eras and genres. The show investigates the hierarchies and chronologies of art history with a display of classical sculpture, post-war vanguard paintings and major Contemporary artworks, all brought together under the same roof. With an emphasis toward the interplay between sculpture and painting, “the combinations reveal the ways in which proximity can confer new meaning on objects,” the gallery says. Artinfo.com will be publishing a review of the show in coming days.
Last Chance to See:
Dove Allouche at Gb Agency
On view through June 16
The French artist Dove Allouche’s exhibition of new works at Gb Agency, “des caracteres exteriors,” represents a study of growth patterns in the types of fungus that typically grow on paintings and other works of art over hundreds of years. Allouche collected these organic fungi, cultured them himself, then used photographs, drawings and glass objects to create art out of these normally troublesome parasites. Allouche collected 45 different types of fungi from the archives of the French Collections Conservation Research Center to make these unique works of art.
Also on View:
“Folklore Sexuel Belge (2017-2018) Mer du Nord Sexuelle Belge (2018)” at Galerie Templon
Through July 21, 2018
For this new show at Galerie Templon’s new 250 square meter gallery space in Grenier Saint-Lazare, the gallery offers multi-disciplinary Belgian artist Jan Fabre a complete curatorial freedom to explore his views of the complex and singular Belgian identity. “Sexual Belgian Folklore” and “Sexual Belgian North Sea” are two parts of this new show by Fabre, which are conceived as a tribute to Belgium’s surreal approach toward life. The show brings together a variety of genres of art, including around 50 drawings in conversation with a number of monumental sculptures, to take its viewers on a vibrant journey through Belgium’s cultural heritage, exploring the way festivals, religion, sex and art overlap and fertilize each other.
“Margiela, the Hermes years” at the Museum of Decorative Arts
Through September 2, 2018
Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela’s unconventionally successful association with Parisian fashion brand Hermes is the theme of the exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts. The designer had a thriving collaborative period with Hermes from 1997 to 2003, and the exhibition pays tribute to their partnership with a presentation of Margiela’s ready-to-wear collections for the Parisian brand during their years together. Sarah Moroz wrote a story about the show for Blouin Artinfo.com
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibitions.
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