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“Critical Dictionary” at Gagosian, Paris

“Critical Dictionary: In Homage to G. Bataille,” June 1 - July 28, 2018 Gagosian, 4 Rue De Ponthieu,75008 Paris
(Photography by Thomas Lannes. Courtesy Gagosian.)

Gagosian is exhibiting a group exhibition titled “Critical Dictionary” at its Paris venue.

The group show is a homage to G. Bataille and it takes its title from Bataille’s deconstructive text and juxtaposes artworks of different time periods and styles.

“A dictionary should begin from the point when it is no longer concerned with the meaning but only with the use of words. Thus “formless” is not only an adjective with a certain meaning, but a term serving to deprecate, implying the general demand that everything should have a form.” — Georges Bataille, 1929.

When it comes to Bataille, words and images were subject to infinite conflicts and variations, transforming according to their use and context. His original “Critical Dictionary” (1929–30) explicates terms ranging from “materialism” to “spittle” through circuitous, free-associating paragraphs. But the current exhibition puts into question the hierarchies and chronologies of art history by grouping classical sculpture, post-war avant-garde painting, and key contemporary works. The works by the group are clearly focused primarily on the dialogue between sculpture and painting, the combinations reveal the ways in which proximity can confer new meaning on objects.

Some of the featuring artists include Louise Bourgeois, Joe Bradley, Alberto Burri, Dan Flavin, Helen Frankenthaler, Duane Hanson, Donald Judd, Wassily Kandinsky, Anish Kapoor, Rene Magritte, Guido Reni, Paolo Schiavo, Frank Stella, and Mary Weatherford, as well as a tchitcheri sakwa, a clan shrine figure made in Togo circa 1900, and a Roman sculpture from the second century.

Gagosian is a contemporary art gallery owned and directed by Larry Gagosian and they have 16 gallery spaces: five in New York; three in London; two in Paris; one each in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Rome, Athens, Geneva and Hong Kong.

The exhibition is on view through July 28, 2018, at Gagosian, 4 Rue De Ponthieu, 75008 Paris.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/gagosian-gallery/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.


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