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What's On in Paris: Cécile Bart's fields of colour, Max Ernst, Man Ray and Giacometti in combination and Picasso alongside Christo at the J.G.M.

Surrealism à la mode


Cécile Bart is a painter, after her own fashion. Patiently she covers with black paint large panels of the finest canvas stretched on temporary frames, then rubs them to remove excess paint and cause the material to show through. Edged with metal and arranged vertically like relics from the past, these dark screens are finally placed in carefully chosen empty spaces. These moveable perspectives by the young French artist are on show at the Claire Burrus gallery until mid-July. Meanwhile, Bernard Jordan is exhibiting three large sculptures by Daniel Resal and ten or so small-scale works, all in granite or steel. Sculpture is also featured by Laage-Salomon, where, for the whole month, the Californian Robin Winters is exhibiting his most recent works: nine heads in coloured glass—all wearing distinctive hats—and seventeen bronze sculptures, big and small; a series of drawings on tracing paper completes the show. Photography is the order of the day at the two Crousel-Robelin Bama galleries, which are exhibiting works by Gunther Forg (including some paintings), a series of interiors—portraits of Italian families—by Thomas Ruff and Patrick Faigenbaum, and embroidered pillow-cases by Giana Sterbak. Just a short walk from the Centre Pompidou, where the exhibition featuring the world of André Breton will be continuing until 12 August, the Zabriskie gallery, too, is concentrating on the surrealist movement, exploring the fruitful dialogue between artists and poets, image and written word, in Paris in the 1930s. The livres d’artiste on show are illustrated with photogrammes, drawings and collages by Max Ernst, drawings and photographs by Man Ray (to accompany the poems of Paul Eluard’s Les Mains Libres), and engravings by Alberto Giacometti (combined with text by Breton in L’air de l’eau). Gilardi himself is still being featured by the Di Meo brothers, with “nature carpets” and vines of expanded polyurethane christened “Inverosimile”. Louis Carré & Cie continues to show works by Jean Bazaine created in the years 1989 to 1991, a synthesis of the French painter’s experiments dating back to 1971. Meanwhile, Baudoin Lebon is exhibiting large-scale works (from the “paillettes” series) by the late Robert Malavel and photographs by a Swiss artist, Béatrice Helg. Vidal-Saint-Phalle is hosting a collective exhibition, which includes the painters Pizzi Cannella, MacKendree and Amenoff), as is the Lise et Henri de Menthon gallery, with works by Aptel, Bourquin, Pen Du, Tello, Lachaud, Clémency, Ferrer and Papadacci. Yet another group of artists—Zobernig, Kippenberger, Cano, Staehle—and works from the Yoon and Paul Dévautor collection can be viewed at the Sylvana Lorenz gallery. An exhibition entitled “La sculpture et son dessin—De Rodin à Robert Morris” is on at the J.G.M. throughout July, including works by Picasso, Laurens, Bugatti, Christo, César, and others. Giuseppe Madonia is featured at the Area gallery until 13 July.

July 20 sees the close of Claude Bernard’s exhibition of drawings, water colours, gouaches and pastels by Pierre Bonnard, whereas Lelong is showing Valerio Adami’s latest paintings and drawings until the end of the month. Rebecca Horne is exhibiting her latest, vaguely erotic, photographs—on the theme of the “Luna ribelle” —at the Galérie de France, while at the Galérie des Archives, Craig Wood’s impressive drawings are reminiscent of archaeological reliefs. To conclude, the 1900-2000 gallery has assembled a series of collages, paintings, sculptures and object-poems, dating back to 1957, by Jean-Jacques Lebel, an artist associated with the Fluxus movement, who pioneered the happening in France.

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Surrealism à la mode'