Paris, 14 December 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery is to present a dozen new paintings and hitherto unseen drawings by American painter David Salle, from 23 January to 23 February 2013. It will accompany a selection of works by Francis Picabia (1979-1953), post Dadaist painter, among which Lotruli (1930), Melibea (1932-1933), Cocolo (1936-1938) and Woman with a Bouquet (1942), shaking the codes of bourgeois and traditional painting.
David Salle gave birth in the 1980s to a new conceptual language for painting. His pictorial research produced visual juxtaposition and superposition, devices to be observed in Picabia’s translucidities as well. The approach of both artists has often been compared. David Salle’s attraction towards Picabia is more “about the spirit than the style. The first time I saw his paintings form the 1930s and 1940s , I felt there was no direction in the way of looking at them. It was a liberation, it was exciting and free from good intentions – a real anarchy!”
David Salle lives and works in New York. He was born in 1952 in Norman (Oklahoma). After studying at the California Institute of the Arts with John Baldessari in the 1970s, he became a leading figure of New York figurative art scene. His paintings enrich major collections such as the Chicago Art Institute, the Essl Collection in Vienna and the Guggenheim in New York.