“artistic innovations”

The new materiality of contemporary art

Paris, 22 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). What do White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flower by Anish Kapoor (1982), Mengele by Jean Tinguely (1986), The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst (1991), Murs de poils de carottes by Michel Blazy (2000) and Peinture homéopathique n°26 by Fabrice Hyber have in common? These five works mark a real revolution in the history of contemporary artistic practice. Indeed, since the 1970s, a new generation of artists began to work with new and simpler materials, from the everyday life, such as organic materials, food, salvaged objects, and even body fluids and animals. The use of these experimental materials progressively proved fragile and easily deteriorated; eventually it raised a problem of conservation. If a Tinguely does not work anymore and can produce no more sound, is it still a Tinguely? The conservation and restoration of contemporary artworks have become burning issues for museums today. Before the variety and complexity of the latest techniques and practices, restorers of the new generation are no more confronted to varnishes and pigments, but they must acquire the various know-hows of an electrician, a cabinetmaker, a taxidermist, a gardener, a projectionist, etc. In this context, three questions must be raised. First of all, the decisive question of the relation to time, of the artworks’ interpretation and of processes. Is an artwork defined by the materials employed by the artist, or rather by the concept that animates it? Then, the issues of conservation and restoration of works by living artists must be raised not only on the purchase, but even at the very moment of creation. Finally, the emergence of new solutions, and the evolution of the role of museums raise the question of their being “guides” and “partners” for the...

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30th anniversary of Patrick Gaultier Gallery

Paris, 7 December 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The team of the Patrick Gaultier gallery in Quimper will invade Jourdain, in Paris, to celebrate the gallery’s 30th anniversary from 9 to 19 December. Visitors can discover a world constantly in motion, depicted by the various artists of the gallery. The anniversary exhibition aims to reach all the sensory perceptions of viewers, through light plays, polymorphic volumes and new trends using the media, which has been extremely popular in recent years. Among the fifteen represented artists, Chantal Royant’s sculptures, André-Pierre Arnal’s free paintings and Degottex’s lyrical abstraction will fascinate the art amateurs seeking for innovations. The Breton gallery, founded in 1891 by Patrick Gaultier in Quimper, has represented artists from the current art scene, especially from France, such as Alexis Gorodine, André Pierre Arnal, Chantal Royant, Christian Silvain, Jacques Verdier and Jean-Paul...

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