Jim Hodges

January 21, 2018By pablogtArtists, Blogt

In 1986, when Jim Hodges had just graduated from art school, he regularly destroyed his own finished works.

The materials he used then — mainly dirt and dust — were throwaways anyway. But these ritual mutilations, he said, reflected “a punk attitude of destruction, a kind of anarchist approach to things.” They were also the artist’s complex response to the threat of AIDS, he said, and the real life and death context he felt he was very much in. – By Dorothy Spears

See more of Jim Hodges’s recent artworks here.

Joseph Beuys

December 8, 2017By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Art alone makes life possible – this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms. – Joseph Beuys

Louis Cane

November 21, 2017By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Ce motif millénaire, il le fend par le milieu. On n’est pas pour rien disciple de Chiang-Tzu ! Et des hémi-femmes qui en découlent il se sert pour river son clou au métal estoffié : à sculpteur cultivé femmes culturistes. C’est là bien sûr qu’il se montre le moins charitable. Quoi de plus drôle en effet que des pectoraux à la place des seins, que des sternums concaves sur des jambons ployés ? Quoi de plus pitoyable que l’hétéro-grenouille voulant, grâce aux stéroïdes, se faire aussi grosse que l’homo-bœuf ? – Gilles Cornec

See more artworks by Louis Cane here.

Xinyi Cheng

September 9, 2017By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Xinyi Cheng surprend par ses visions doucement perverses de la masculinité occidentale. Et incarne par extension la relation pacifiée à l’appropriation culturelle d’une nouvelle génération d’artistes chinois à la culture visuelle décloisonnée. – Ingrid Luquet-Gad

Xinyi Cheng Predator, 2016 oil on linen 140 x 115 x 4 cm (55 1/8 x 45 1/4 x 1 5/8 in.)
Xinyi Cheng
Predator, 2016
oil on linen
140 x 115 x 4 cm (55 1/8 x 45 1/4 x 1 5/8 in.)

See more artworks by Xinyi Cheng here: xinyichengart.com

Lothar Quinte

May 19, 2017By pablogtArtists, Blogt No Comments

Artiste allemand installé en Alsace depuis les années 1960, Lothar Quinte fut au début de sa carrière un créateur de vitraux. Il a également participé, dans les années 1950, u mouvement de l’abstraction et de la « peinture pure ».
Son art – qui s’est toujours refusé à quelqu’espère de figuration – repose dans ses œuvres les plus récentes sur de subtiles gradations de la couleur faisant apparaître une forme en état de suspension et affectée d’une intense vibration lumineuse. (Paul Guérin)
Mari de Sibylle Wagner, ils ont réalisé ensemble de nombreuses œuvres – un peu à l’image du couple Jean Tinguely / Niki de Saint Phalle – et ont beaucoup collaboré en Inde, où ils se sont rendus trois mois annuellement, de 1985 à 1994.

See more artwork by Lothar Quinte here.

Gillian Carnegie

November 26, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

There is a crisis with regard to Representation. They are looking for Meaning as if it was a thing. As if it was a girl, required to take her panties off as if she would want to do so, as soon as the true interpreter comes along. As if there was something to take off.
Marlene Dumas, The Artwork as Misunderstanding, 1991.

Read more about Black Square here.
See more artworks by Gillian Carnegie here.

Black Square 2008 Gillian Carnegie born 1971 Presented by Tate Members 2010
Black Square 2008 Gillian Carnegie born 1971 Presented by Tate Members 2010

Russell Tyler

October 13, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

“I want [the paintings] to have an old, modernist feel, but also looking at abstraction, not from a Greenbergian perspective… but from a nostalgic perspective… it’s adding a more personal perspective… the way we see an image is a little different than a generation before us… because of what media we grew up with.” – Russell Tyler

See more works by Russell Tyler here.

Frank Stella

July 21, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Frank Stella

I like real art. It’s difficult to define REAL but it is the best word for describing what I like to get out of art and what the best art has. It has the ability to convince you that it’s present – that it’s there. You could say it’s authentic… but real is actually a better word, broad as it may be. – Frank Stella

Learn more about Frank Stella here.

Natasja Kensmil

July 20, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Natasja Kensmil

Sometimes when you dream, you know that you are almost awake and dawn is on its way and yet you get stuck in a nightmare that keeps on repeating itself. Images of different times spinning around your head in a frenzy, forcing you to go round in endless labyrinths of the past, sometimes dressed-up as the future. Or is it the other way around? Gothic versions of stories you’ve once read somewhere, pictures you saw or tales you’ve been told in the dark. – Marlene Dumas

See more works by Natasja Kensmil here. Also see this exhibition.

Glenn Ligon

July 11, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Glenn Ligon

Mostly, though, paint functions as a medium of resistance for Ligon; it occludes visibility and threatens form. Nowhere is such deletion more explicit than in Untitled (Cancelation Prints) (1992 and 2003), where a flesh-coloured ‘X’ overtakes the entire white image field, demarcating the distance between the construct of whiteness and the pinkness of most European skin. This obliterating impulse equally manifests in Self-Portrait, the inky, black surface of which is visibly scratched and gouged. Such signs of refusal emphasize how Ligon’s numerous self-portraits are invariably exercises in effacement and retraction. – Leora Maltz-Leca

See more works by Glenn Ligon here.

Sergej Jensen

July 4, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Sergej Jensen

Paintings may be pictures, but they are always objects. The blatant materiality of Sergej Jensen’s canvases made them seem part of the interior architecture of Neu’s gallery. Jensen has consistently had an ambivalent relation to the spaces in which he shows his work. Previously at Neu, he arranged mats on the floor that resembled his patchwork paintings, converting the gallery into a pseudo-living room, the paintings into decor that satirized the convention of a “high-art painting” show. – Mark Prince

See more artworks by Sergej Jensen here.

Bob Law

June 15, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Bob Law

In 1959, Bob Law lay in a Cornish field and wondered how to describe the space he was in. His solution was a series of drawings in which figurative elements – such as trees or houses – are arranged along a doddery pencil line at the perimeter of the paper. A year later, Law had distilled this approach to his signature device: the rectangular perimeter alone, bounding empty space, sometimes accompanied by a date, a title or his name, always in block capitals. – Jonathan Griffin

See more artworks by Bob Law here.

Alex Hubbard

June 10, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Alex Hubbard

Alex Hubbard’s latest New York solo show, “Somebody had to do it,” combined the cerebrally slapstick and the delightfully inscrutable… Hubbard reaches or steps into the image, moving slowly and with great seriousness as he balances everyday objects, one atop another, to form a rickety tower, until the lot collapses with a bang. – Brian Boucher

See more artworks by Alex Hubbard here.

Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille

June 10, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt
Ida Tursic et Wilfried Mille
Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, Landscape and Sainte-Victoire by night and cold flowers, 2016, Oil on canvas, 250 x 400 x 5 cm, 98 3/8 x 157 1/2 x 2 inches

“Elizabeth Taylor in a landscape, painting nature’s beauty and the caress of the smirking sun over the mountains” est le titre d’une de ces icônes, un petit format à l’huile sur bois qui donne son nom à l’exposition. La star y figure en peintre du dimanche dans un décor idyllique des grands espaces américains. Appliquée, elle pose son pinceau sur sa toile. On est dans le vif du sujet : l’acte de peindre et l’industrie des images. “Comment est-ce qu’une image peinte peut parler d’autre chose que d’elle même ?” interrogeaient récemment Ida Tursic et Wilfried Mille au Collège de France. Leurs peintures, visibles à la galerie Almine Rech, donnent l’esquisse d’une réponse. – Mathilde Urfalino

See more artworks by Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille here.

Manor Grunewald

June 10, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Manor Grunewald

In his recent work Manor Grunewald has made a dual turn, pushing his paintings in two seemingly opposing, but in fact intimately related directions. Towards a washed out, nearly empty field, on the one hand, and towards a full, image-laden one on the other. – Alex Bacon

See more artworks by Manor Grunewald here.

Stefan Bruggemann

June 10, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Stefan Bruggemann

Stefan Brüggemann is keen on thinking up titles. So far he has compiled a list of 1,271 of them (‘Show Titles vol. #1’, 2000–6), creating for himself an index of imaginary exhibitions. One might begin, then, with the title of the present show: ‘Soap Box (A Decorative Form of Nihilism)’. A ‘soap box’ would suggest political declarations, the arts of rhetoric and public address, perhaps even the pathos of outmoded ideals. ‘A decorative form of nihilism’? Well, what else can one do with non-belief but inhabit it, display it as a mark of distinction, covering the walls with parerga abutting onto nothing in particular? We might describe Brüggemann first as a rhetorician of emptiness. But, working in the tradition of the dandy, he has also succeeded in dramatizing boredom, which opens ‘soap box’ to a rather different, more private set of connotations. – Tim Stott

See more artworks by Stefan Bruggemann here.

Jeremy Demester

June 7, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Jeremy Demester

Jeremy Demester: D’origine gitane, que le jeune artiste (né en 1988) revendique à travers son art et ses voyages, il travaille sur le rapport de l’homme avec le monde, la nature et les mythes fondateurs. En collaboration avec ses amis philosophes, scientifiques, artisans, qu’il appelle La Demestria, il est à la recherche d’une expression du sacré, questionnant une présence spirituelle de la nature. En 2015, il avait participé à une résidence d’artiste au Bénin, où, avec l’aide des enfants du quartier, il avait développé une série de toiles exposées actuellement à la galerie Max Hetzler. Les invitant à « peindre avec le mouvement de nos corps », les enfants étaient appelés, au rythme des musiques locales, à danser autour des toiles, y jeter de la peinture, les porter, les soulever, afin d’y projeter une énergie insouciante. Refusant l’emploi de la logique et de la raison, Jérémy Demester laissait ensuite les toiles exposées à la tourmente des éléments naturels, énergisant les pigments. Il retendait ensuite les toiles une fois incarnés de cette puissance. – Maximilien Renard

See more works by Jeremy Demester here.

Brice Marden

February 8, 2016By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Brice Marden

Brice Marden made these paintings using a mixture of oil and beeswax. The works make you want to claw and scoop into them, not so much to destroy as to ingest them. – Mark Godfrey

Gérard Traquandi

November 6, 2015By pablogtArtists, Blogt

Comme beaucoup d’enfants j’aimais et j’aime encore après avoir regardé le soleil en face fermer les yeux très fort et laisser s’imprimer sur les paupières les couleurs qui subsistent suite à cet éblouissement. Faire remonter à la surface du tableau les sensations colorées de ces choses vues ou tout juste aperçues à travers le pare-brise de la voiture, ou en levant la tête au cours d’une marche. Restituer ces brefs émerveillements du quotidien, c’est mon désir de peintre.
En quelque sorte une « mémoire d’aveugle » comme le dit Jacques Derrida.- Gérard Traquandi

Gérard Traquandi - Sans titre, 2015, huile sur toile, 300 x 225 cm - Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris (c) Yann Bohac
Gérard Traquandi – Sans titre, 2015, huile sur toile, 300 x 225 cm – Galerie Laurent Godin, Paris (c) Yann Bohac

See more artworks by Gérard Traquandi here.