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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...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

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...

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Simon Hantaï

(1922 - 2008), Hungary

Well-known internationally for pliage—his tie-dye-related method of constructing paintings in which folded, scrunched-up bundles of canvas are splashed with colour and then unravelled before stretching—Simon Hantaї was a reclusive figure who did not enjoy being in the spotlight. Studying art initially in the School of Fine Art in Budapest, Hantaï moved to Paris in 1948, where he befriended the Surrealists, including André Breton. However, Hantaї fell out with Breton when Hantaї showed enthusiasm for the work of Jackson Pollock and claimed it had connections with automatic writing. Becoming an abstractionist and exhibiting at Galerie Kleber in Paris in 1956, Hantaї was influenced by and became friends with George Mathieu. He also became interested in philosophy and Christian mysticism, becoming friends with Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze. In some works Hantaї transcribed texts onto the canvases.

Hantaї developed his method of holistically and decoratively exploring landscape (Etude) and then the individual human figure (Meun) in the mid-1960s, and the white negative spaces became more compositionally dominant when he realised their importance. In the 1970s he then began working with a repetitive grid formation (Tabula), applied to very large sheets of canvas and resulting in rows and rows of splintery squares. In 1982 Hantaї represented France in the Venice Biennale, but in the following 16 years—apart from showing some white-on-white works with his Parisian dealer Jean Fournier—he stopped exhibiting. Hantai has had a large number of retrospectives: Centre Pompidou (1976, 2013); Simon Hantaï 1960–76, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux (1981); Simon Hantaï: Retrospective, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Etienne, France (1973); Simon Hantaї from 1960 to 1995: Retrospective, Westfälisches Landesmuseum Für Kunst Und Kulturgeschichte, Münster (1999).

His works are held at: Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; and Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest.

Biography by John Hurrell | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

Laissée by Simon Hantaï contemporary artwork
Simon HantaïLaissée, 1981/1994 Acrylic on canvas
76.75 x 62.88 inches
Gagosian
Laissée by Simon Hantaï contemporary artwork
Simon HantaïLaissée, 1981/1994 Oil on canvas
80.5 x 78.38 inches
Gagosian
Tabula by Simon Hantaï contemporary artwork
Simon HantaïTabula, 1974 Acrylic on canvas
175.5 x 179 cm
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Templon
Tabula by Simon Hantaï contemporary artwork
Simon HantaïTabula, 1975 Acrylic on canvas
140 x 80 cm
Timothy Taylor

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Simon Hantaï, LES NOIRS DU BLANC, LES BLANCS DU NOIR at Gagosian, Le Bourget
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13 October 2019–14 March 2020 Simon Hantaï LES NOIRS DU BLANC, LES BLANCS DU NOIR Gagosian, Le Bourget
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Simon Hantaï, Pierre Soulages and Antoni Tàpies at Timothy Taylor, London
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6 September–19 October 2019 Group Exhibition Simon Hantaï, Pierre Soulages and Antoni Tàpies Timothy Taylor, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A New Way of Walking at Timothy Taylor, New York
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29 June–27 July 2018 Group Exhibition A New Way of Walking Timothy Taylor, New York

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Eyes Wide Shut: Simon Hantaï at Paul Kasmin Related Press Eyes Wide Shut: Simon Hantaï at Paul Kasmin artcritical : 11 December 2015

The Blancs, a series of paintings that Simon Hantaï (1922-2008) created in the early 1970s, have shards of transparent color that are arrayed over expanses of white space. These delicate large-scale works vary in the intensity of their tonalities, but all have a kind of wind-blown unpredictability, so that we are not exactly sure of how the pieces...

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