Rêveries d’automne – Solo show –
Sometimes, an exhibition is the result of a friendly and generous collaboration.
Until October 31st, find the exhibition outside the walls of our artist Céline Achour in the offices of myCowork Paris-Montorgueil at 54 rue Greneta in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.
To celebrate this unexpected exhibition, you are invited to meet the artist, over a cup of tea or coffee, on Wednesday, October 14, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
If you are booked on Wednesday, please note that the exhibition is open to the public, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, or by appointment in the evening and on weekends. So don’t hesitate to contact us if you are planning to come!
Exhibition by Beatriz Guzman Catena: “Urbanité” from 8 September to 24 October 2020 at the Espace d’art Chaillioux, 7 rue Louise Bourgeois, 94260 Fresnes.
Vernissage on Saturday 19 September at 3 pm.
The Trésor de la langue française, an absolute reference for our language, gives two definitions for the word Urbanité :
A. Civil manner of the ancient Romans […]; by extension, fine and delicate politeness, a manner in which a lot of natural affability and worldly customs enter into it.
B. Character of what makes a city […].
It is, of course, in the second of these senses that our exhibition fits in. However, we have selected six artists who attempt to characterise the city using this affability, which falls under the definition of A. above.
In the series of paintings presented in this exhibition, the domestic world, real or fantasised, and the urban presence intertwine in a kaleidoscopic and joyful approach which makes it difficult to identify what belongs to the private sphere and what belongs to the world of the city. Inside and outside merge, as if the individuals depicted were appropriating their vision of the city to integrate it into their personal history, micro-narrations, sometimes hallucinated, which invite us to a journey, as geographical as it is mental, and end up contaminating the entire pictorial surface. All this, without the slightest aggression, but for “a long journey where the bequeathed things, these important cultural containers, will link past memories to the present to copy each other. In this way, distant resonances will be deposited on new territories, like swept pigments, insinuating themselves into our present… “Beatriz Guzman Catena makes the urban environment and domestic interiors interpenetrate, thus blurring the notions of inside and outside, private and public space.
Love always wins
Emilie Teillaud’s paintings are poetic, delicate and colourful, odes to feelings and emotions. The artist sets in motion carnal or maternal love, tenderness, humility, fragility, devotion through her characters with generous and liberated bodies, embraced in spontaneous pauses and dreamlike halos. The sensuality of her creations, imbued with gentleness and energy, is an invitation to take the time to live, to feel and to love.DISCOVER
Human and nature
In Golnaz Afraz’s canvases, colours, superimpositions of shapes, planes and instantaneous compositions give a multiple vision to her works. As if the artist was painting reality in several layers and parallel angles. She creates her scenes on paper and canvas, like a filmmaker preparing to make a film.DISCOVER
Alchemy – Jazzu’s brushstrokes seem to be guided not only by his instincts, but also by messages, observations and relevant reflections on our times. Abstract in form and composite in colour, the artist’s work captures the complexities of our society. DISCOVER
Eselchen – The Donkeys
“Donkeys are a necessity for me. My semi-figurative sculptures are a way of paying tribute to them and giving them the status they deserve. They are a counterpoint to my abstract work of Primary Tensions, (Ge)Dichte (Poetry and Density in German) in stone, and my Julessteins in bronze. I ideally show the stones and the donkeys together, because the donkeys are their protectors, the lookout for the public ready to touch them. The donkeys are the defenders and remain attentive to this abstraction which is new and still little known. They bring a balance, something to which one can find one’s bearings, to this light, discreet but sure presence”. Jules AndrieuDISCOVER
Heliotrope: “No one enters here unless he is a surveyor” is said to have engraved Plato on the pediment of his Athenian Academy to establish the primacy of ideal (geometric) abstraction over vulgar, chaotic, mortal thought. However, looking through the vast bay windows painted by Mickaël Doucet, one does not necessarily see the world in the same way anymore.
The interiors painted by Mickaël Doucet are, by a strange mise en abîme, themselves sort of “places of art and contemplation” … It is a complete painting because in addition to being metaphysical, it is also fundamentally decorative.
Mickaël Doucet’s vanities, of oriental inspiration, seek to blend not into divine transcendence (“vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas” said Ecclesiastes), but into immanence, in other words, into the landscape. Because Mickaël Doucet’s pictorial architecture is also, perhaps above all, a very landscape painting.
Humans are not absent from Mickaël Doucet’s paintings, far from it. What must be understood is that a landscape is an extremely complex and subjective artistic object. Mickaël Doucet’s peaceful and open holiday resorts remind us that landscape is not a setting.
In front of Mickaël Doucet’s paintings, the viewer is not looking at a panorama through large bay windows; like a shao huo, it is disintegrated. Sublimated. Its fragrance freely haunts the place and contemplates one last time the world of men before melting, in peace, into the landscape…”.
Tribute to Pina Bausch
Everything in Corinne Malfreyt’s practice is a story of energy and symbiosis. Her oil paintings compose and marry the elements in an always circular movement of matter, symbolizing for the artist time and the cycle of life.
The series of paintings “The Rite after Pina”, a tribute to dance and to the famous German choreographer Pina Bausch, evokes through the movement of bodies the eternal return of things, from disappearance to rebirth, from completion to new beginnings.
With this panel of sensations, the artist then practices on the canvas to retranscribe these stops in time by creating material effects – drips or layers of paint on the background, additions of grains of sand, marked pencil strokes – which come with great finesse to suggest silhouettes with dominant grey-blue shades in the image of the renewal of the spring sky.DISCOVER
“Céline Achour’s painting lends itself to all imaginations and invites you to a journey to the land of dreams. (…) She succeeds in going beyond the traditional compartmentalisation of genres and conveys a spiritual message to us: the solitude of a being absorbed by his activity, the pictorial rendering being the expression of his quest or his inner silence. The faces are not smooth, they also mark doubts, uncertainties and anxieties, they are the expression of the whole range of the human psyche. (…) Light effects and colour highlights punctuate these tonalities, as if they were nested in a strange aura. If one is content with a simple distracted glance, one will not detect all the quintessence, the canvas could appear smooth, even distanced or hieratic; it is nothing of the sort, these faces have a soul, an almost carnal life, a great psychological density”.
– Alain Bensoussan, January 2016DISCOVER
Alongside the Centre Pompidou, here are some works by the mythical couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude in a new video magazine format.
With the new technologies, it seems that according to behavioural studies, individuals no longer take the time to read but rather prefer to watch videos or listen to Podcasts, which leads me to make you discover today my new monthly newsletter format remixed to the taste of the day. Here we are already in March and due to the Coronavirus, several sporting, cultural and festive events have been postponed or cancelled. As you can see, on my side, I have decided to keep my positive attitude and to tell you about a beautiful project that will finally come true! After some sixty years of waiting, Christo returns to Paris to finally give life to his dream and that of his partner Jeanne-Claude: to cover with a giant canvas one of our emblematic monuments: the Arc de Triomphe. So save the date as they say because it will take place this autumn from September 19th to October 4th and will only be visible for a fortnight. You may have been one of the 3 million people who came from all over the world to Paris in September 1985 to admire the Pont-Neuf, the oldest bridge in the Parisian capital, wrapped by Christo and Jeanne Claude in dazzling yellow-ochre polyester. This installation required 40,000 square metres of canvas and 12 tonnes of steel cables. This time, the ephemeral work of art of the Arc de Triomphe packed will require 25,000 square metres of canvas but much heavier, recyclable polypropylene in bluish silver colour and 7,000 metres of red rope and also the assistance of about forty climbers, and yes to pack it all! To celebrate this major event, a retrospective on the legendary contemporary artist couple Christo and Jeanne Claude will start on March 18th at the Centre Pompidou and will retrace their artistic Parisian period with the history of the “Pont-Neuf emballé” project of course. I will now let you discover the works of Christo that we have at the Galerie Charron. All of them are signed by the artist and framed. They relate to the “Pont-Neuf emballé” project, the “Reichstag emballé” and the Store Front series, emblematic works by Christo and some originals can be found in the collection of the Berlin Museum or the Würth Museum Collection. Do not hesitate to come back to me for more details either by e-mail or by phone and to register on the website of the galerie charron to receive the next newsletter. I hope you liked the new newsletter format and hope to see you soon! NB: This article was published on 5 March 2020 before Christo’s death on 31 May 2020 in New York.DISCOVER