In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...
Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...
China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...
Talk between Matthieu Poirier, curator of the exhibition, and Barbara MacAdam, ArtNews editor-at-large, on the occasion of A Constant Storm. Works from 1923 to 1989 at Perrotin New York.
January 12–February 18, 2018
Hans Hartung Talk–Matthieu Poirier & Barbara MacAdam
Hans Hartung was famous as a post-war Parisian abstractionist and an exponent of Art Informel and Tachisme. He was known in the mid-1950s for his spontaneous gestural paintings of rhythmical dark lines, and, later in his life—after going through several changes—delicately sprayed misty dots. Restless with their fevered energy and intricacy the success of this type of art represented a new public confidence in European non-objectivity.
In his 20s, Hartung went to the University of Leipzig to train as a philosopher and art historian. In 1926 he was excited by seeing an innovative show in Dresden presenting Cubism and several other avant-garde movements. In 1928 he decided to go to Munich to study under Max Doerner, the art theorist. He then married a Norwegian artist (Anna-Eva Bergman) and later settled in the Spanish island of Minorca. He tried to return to Germany in 1935, but the rise of Nazism forced him (as a 'degenerate artist') into exile. He and his wife went to Paris and subsequently divorced. He became known for his non-representational abstraction and became a regular presenter in the Salon des Surindépendants. In 1937 he was included in a major group show at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, curated by the critic Christian Zervos. He was given the use of the sculptor Julio González's studio, and in 1939 he married Roberta, González's daughter.
During the war he served in the Foreign Legion and lost a leg in battle, winning a Croix de Guerre. With peace, he resumed painting and became a French citizen. His work, over the next ten years, became vigorously calligraphic, often characterised by the application of swathes of colour over which were energetically brushed clusters of black lines. Influences included Wassily Kandinsky, Emil Nolde and Lovis Corinth, and he became a pioneer European lyrical abstractionist. Hartung's formations of grass-like lines or scratches became a trademark.
Outside of his exhibiting accolades, Hartung won several prizes such as the 1956 award for the Europe-Africa section of the Guggenheim International Award, and the Grand International Prize for Painting at the 1960 Venice Biennale.
He had his first single-person shows at Galerie Lydia Conti (1947), Galerie Craven (1956) and Galerie de France (1956). International acclaim arrived with Younger European Painters: A Selection at New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1953–4), a retrospective at the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris (1969), and solo shows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1975) and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1980). He had a stroke in 1986 but continued working from a wheelchair. He died three years later.
'The Globe-Trotting Gallerist'Emmanuel Perrotin in conversation with Georgina AdamMonday 21 Jan 2019
Video of the exhibition 3018 by Daniel Arsham at Perrotin New York September 8–October 21, 2018. Video: Guillaume Ziccarelli © 2018
Video of the exhibition French Fries with Mayo at Perrotin Paris, September 6–September 22© Nikolaï Saoulski
Vidéo de l'exposition Parce que et Souris Calle à Perrotin Paris13 octobre-22 décembre
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