“Caroline Smulders Gallery”

Entering Tinka Pittoors’ world

It is impossible to walk past Galerie Caroline Smulders at this year’s Art Paris Art Fair without doing a double-take. With plush green carpet below, walls adorned with artificial flora and flamingoes, and a life-sized model of Michelle Obama, attendees are immediately drawn to this new world. A solo presentation of Belgian artist Tinka Pittoors, the space blends everyday references with the whimsical, creating an amalgamation of reality and fantasy. Caroline Smulders, owner of the eponymous gallery, is also from Belgium and views working with Tinka as a return to her roots. The collaboration came about as it often does for Ms. Smulders, from personal admiration to an established working partnership. She explains, “I often fall in love with an artist’s work before I meet them and then form a relationship. This is what happened with Tinka. I saw her work at a fair and bought it. Next, I invited her to take part in the major exhibition “Unlimited Bodies” at Palais d’Iéna in 2012. After that, I knew I wanted to create a solo exhibition with her at Art Paris”. While many galleries chose to show multiple artists, Smulders’ focus is solo, as she prefers “to give one artist the chance to really develop a project rather than exhibiting a group of people. It’s a big risk but I prefer it to large group shows that people often forget”. Since Tinka Pittoors is interested in creating entire landscapes that combine natural and man-made elements, the decision pays off well. The artist’s formations, a cross between sculpture and installation, have room to breathe and viewers are provided opportunities for in-depth meditation. When asked about Pittoors’ intention, Smulders notes that the oeuvre is about creating a poetic landscape, through pale tones, spatial plays and free shapes, that offer new considerations when...

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An interview with Caroline Smulders Gallery at Art Paris Art Fair 2015

Located at the entrance of the Grand Palais, the Caroline Smulders Gallery welcomes visitors to engage in the solo show of Gérard Fromanger. A colourful and energetic booth, the pieces seem to radiate their own potential. Adopting an interactive play on colours, the space is a blissful way to start a walk through the fair. Acknowledged as a gallery that proactively undertakes projects related to French territory, this means of initiation is a charismatic greeting. AMA managed to receive some feedback regarding their activity so far. Have you participated in Art Paris before?                                                                                                                           Yes, Caroline Smulders Gallery took part in Art Paris several years ago but then we took a break. This year we revised our opinion about our participation and decided to go for it, so that’s why we’re here today. Because of the fair’s growing reputation, we wished to be an active part of it again. Therefore in retrospect I believe that this could be considered as our first attendance. Why have you chosen to do a solo show on Gérard Fromanger? Gérard Fromanger is a French artist who has worked with a variety of mediums throughout his career. He has used collage, photography, cinema, lithography, and sculpture to project his own creativity and rightfully gained his reputation amongst the great artists of the 20th century. He has suitably been defined by his participation in the movement Figuration Narrative, also termed the ‘New History of Painting’, alongside Jacques Monory and Hervé Telemaque, who is currently showcasing at the Centre Pompidou. The movement prevailed in the 1960s and ’70s,...

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