Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...
In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
In the 20th Century art world, three artists stand out for taking their investigation of the human figure to extremes: Picasso, Giacometti and Bacon. They could only challenge the human form by deforming it to varying degrees of intensity, sometimes going as far as to vandalise and render unbearable the attractive features of the face that centuries of classical art had succeeded in enhancing and imposing. Picasso was obsessed by fragmentation, Giacometti haunted by the flow of lines, Bacon consumed by the dizzying impact of presence, but they all aspired to the same thing: celebrating the elusive and addictive human figure.
Picasso played an essential role in Bacon deciding to become a painter. Giacometti and Picasso knew each other well, although their relationship could be rather tempestuous. Bacon and Giacometti moved in the same circles in London in 1965 and held each other in high esteem. This reunion of prints from the three artists seeks to evoke the links between these key figures of the 20th Century.
Pablo Picasso, born in Malaga, Spain, became the central artist of the 20th Century as much for his formal contribution as for his political stances. Having blazed a trail through modern art with his copious production, Picasso is permanently celebrated around the world.
Swiss-born Alberto Giacometti became one of the leading modern sculptors. Also a painter and artist, he dedicated his work to the search for the representation of vision, notably of the human form. In 1926, he moved to Montparnasse and worked in a studio that the Institut Giacometti has reconstituted and now uses for temporary exhibitions.
A self-taught English artist, Francis Bacon reinvented mythology with images of human bodies and portraits capturing the disasters and convulsions of existence. A retrospective of his work is currently organised at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
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