Figurations. Un autre art d’aujourd’hui

Figurations. Un autre art d’aujourd’hui : Avigdor Arikha. Autoportrait, torse nu. 2000, pastel, 51 x 33 cm. Courtesy galerie Mercier, Paris. Collection particulière. Courtesy de l’artiste.    Figurations. Un autre art d’aujourd’hui : Dora Jeridi. La Moisson vénéneuse. 2022, huile, bâton d’huile, fusain et mine de plomb sur toile, 179 x 229 cm. Collection particulière. Courtesy de l’artiste.   

The exhibition

We know that young figurative painting is on a roll, and that the art market is playing a particularly important role in this dynamic. And in the spring of 2023, two museum exhibitions reflected this craze, although they were no doubt lacking in comprehensiveness: one at the MO.CO in Montpellier brought together one or two works by no fewer than 122 artists, while the other, launched in Les Sables d'Olonne, moved to Rémy-de-Provence this summer before Dôle in the autumn. But the exhibition at the Maison Caillebotte in Yerres owes a debt of gratitude to Guy Boyer, who is also editor-in-chief of Connaissances des Arts, for having narrowed down the selection to young artists, and even more so for having placed this focus on the figure within a longer history. The curator follows this parallel path to the narratives that still run through the notion of the avant-garde, by focusing on works that are sometimes little-known - the effect of having been shunned or even kept out of the spotlight by institutions more inclined towards 'historical' trends.

Extract from the article by Tom Laurent published in the N°107 de la revue Art Absolument. Publication date: July 13, 2023.


13/05/2023 - 22/10/2023
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