Almine Rech Gallery, one of Paris’s foremost galleries, opened its first New York location more than a year ago on the Upper East Side, bringing with it a unique program that mixes a strong artist roster with a consistently adventurous curatorial project. For its most recent venture, the gallery has brought together key figures from the canon of 20th century Western art for Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go. Adapting its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the exhibition investigates ways artists use text as an allegorical element. Serving as a chronological and thematic starting point to the exhibition is Être ou ne pas être, Picasso’s 1912 painting considered as one of the foremost examples of appropriation of text in modern painting. Declaring “to be or not be” in French with gouache on paper, Picasso not only pays homage to one of the most emblematic texts ever written, but he also questions the mimetic essence of a painting. Can a painting of words serve to depict an image?
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Jules de Balincourt
[image via www.vmagazine.com]
Jules de Balincourt (born 1972 in Paris) is a French painter. He was educated at the California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco receiving a BFA (1998) and went on to study at the Hunter College, New York graduating in 2005 with an MFA. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He uses stencils, tape, knives and spray paint in the style of Outsider art.
Cycles of Morning and Dyeing, 2007 oil on panel.
[image via jameswagner.com/2007]
Accidental Tourism and The Art of Forgetting
[ image via www.artfacts.net]
De Balincourt founded the alternative art space Starr Space (formerly known as Starr Street Projects) in Brooklyn, NY. “Currently the space is used for dance and music performances, screenings, figure drawing, yoga, fundraisers and local church parties, and is constantly looking to expand in programming. “The future of the space, with hope, will encompass even more diverse happenings, leading to a regular congregation that reflects the quickening evolvement of the neighborhood.
[Bio via Wikipedia Entry ]
The Watchtower [image via www.dailyserving.com]
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