recommended, recently opened:
André-Pierre Arnal, Pierre Buraglio, Louis Cane,
Mark Devade, Daniel Dezeuze, Noël Dolla, Jean-Michel Meurice,
Bernard Pagés, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Patrick Saytour, Claude Viallat.
Canada Gallery, 333 Broome St., NYC
the first comprehensive exhibition in the United States of this under-recognized French art movement. Supports/Surfaces was a loose confederation of about 15 artists mostly from the south of France (Nimes, St. Etienne, Nice, Etc.) who made work marked by an interest in materiality, expansive ideas of what a painting could be and often a lyrical use of bright color. There is no manifesto, but the writings and ideas of Freud, Marx, Clement Greenberg, Michael Fried and Chairman Mao were tossed together along with a deep interest in Matisse, another artist associated with the south of France. Everyday items used as art materials were as radical then as they are commonplace now. Witness the dishrags of Dola, the painted sunshade umbrellas of Viallat, the lathe constructions of Dezeuze or Saytour’s bolt of raw fabric in the seminal piece “Deployed”. Supports/Surfaces artists may or may not have been the ﬁrst to pick up such materials, but what they did with them formally is the key to what sets the group apart from say Arte Povera in Italy or the more famous French group BMPT. In their hands there was a coupling of base material, the format of painting and the poetics of unprogrammatic form and color that simultaneously questioned and reaffirmed painting. Presented with Galerie Bernard Ceysson. thru July 20
read Sharon Butler’s comprehensive review & essay at Two Coats
Pierre Buraglio, Montage, 1981, Mixed media on canvas
Mark Devade, Untitled, 1967, Ink on canvas
recommended, recently opened:
closing soon (Aug 9):
Eleven Rivington, 195 Chrystie St., NYC (bt Rivington and Stanton)
a solo exhibition of recent work by French artist Anne-Lise Coste featuring new paintings executed primarily in spray-painted acrylic. In the main gallery, an immersive series of 12 black and white canvases based on details of Picasso’s Guernica breaks down the highly complex and visually dense painting into singular appropriated and abstracted scenes. In the smaller second space of the gallery is a display of a new series of text-based works and abstract paintings. Anne-Lise Coste was born 1973 in Marseille, France and currently lives and works in New York.
Continues thru Sept 23:
Edouard Vuillard: “A Painter and His Muses" 1890-1940
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave., NYC (@ 92nd St.)
Admission $7.50+, Saturdays Free, Closed Wednesdays
Featuring some fifty key artworks in various media, this exhibition offers a fresh view of the French artist Edouard Vuillard’s career, from the vanguard 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the lesser-known late portraits. The presentation focuses on the inspiration provided by friends and patrons whose support became inseparable from the artist’s achievement.