A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...
What does the future hold for paintings in the prolific world of screens and images?
As early as the 1960s, Daniel Dezeuze, a founding member of the Supports/Surfaces group, foresaw this exponential evolution.
Since then he has sought to deconstruct the traditional media and materials of painting. Radical to the core, Daniel Dezeuze has used the stretcher as a tool for questioning and reassessing. Freed from the canvas, he flips paintings against the walls, playing with empty spaces and three-dimensionality: by going beyond the limits of artistic traditions, Daniel Dezeuze opens up a new space.
In the first part of this new exhibition, Daniel Dezeuze pays tribute, in his own way, to the art and paintings he loves: angles, brightly coloured frames, open-work surfaces. Halfway between painting and sculpture, his unclassifiable oeuvre lies ‘between between art, laid bare by the laying bare of the painting, and its relationship to space,’ explains Guy Tosatto.
Mirroring the publication by Skira and Galerie Templon of Daniel Dezeuze, Drawings, 1960–2018, a monograph dedicated to the artist’s different drawing periods (with texts by Olivier Kaeppelin and Pierre Manuel, 320 pages), the second part of the exhibition focuses on Daniel Dezeuze’s drawings.
Presented like the flesh on the bones of the first room, these works drawn in Italy, about Lascaux, the art of fortification and floating geometry, once again evoke the question of angles, open-work and the artist’s obsession with ‘capturing the uncapturable’. Through drawing, Daniel Dezeuze liberates himself of all weight and opens the door to lightness and pleasure: another way of seeing the world from a certain angle.
Born in 1942 in Alès, Daniel Dezeuze lives and works in the southern French port town of Sète. His work has been widely exhibited since the 1970s; a recent example is the major exhibition of his drawings held by FRAC Languedoc Roussillon in Montpellier in late 2015. His work has also recently been exhibited in the Cherry and Martin Gallery in Los Angeles and New York’s Canada Gallery (2014), MAMAC in Nice (2012), Centrale Electrique in Brussels (2009) and Musée Fabre in Montpellier (2009). In 2017, he took part in the Supports/Surfaces group exhibitions, Les origines exhibition at the Carre d’Art in Nimes and The Surface of the East Coast, From Nice to New York at the 109 in Nice, while the Musée de Grenoble held a major retrospective of his work the same year. His work is influencing an entire new generation of American painters and receives critical attention from across the Atlantic.
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