“Galerie Chantal Crousel”

Oscar Tuazon or the necessity of sculpture

This year, Oscar Tuazon is taking over the Place Vendôme as part of the FIAC’s Hors les Murs programme. Using polyethylene pipe segments – usually employed for water-management purposes –, the American artist has come up with a (very) big-format work. Explanations. By using simple or everyday materials, Oscar Tuazon carries out experiments that are often connected with the environment. A practice which allows him to shine light to the ecological issues that are so dear to him. In this case, the theme of water, in relation with the history of Paris, a city where the artist lived for a few years. Tuazon takes a unique approach to his sculpture practice: he focuses as much on materials as he is nourished by his relationship to text and writing. Today represented in Paris by the Galerie Chantal Crousel, Oscar Tuazon lived in the French capital in the 2000s, and was cofounder of the gallery Castillo/Corrales in the Belleville district, along with critics Thomas Boutoux, François Piron and Benjamin Thorel. This research space – today closed, after eight years of existence – blended exhibitions and texts, debates and publishing. It was Oscar Tuazon who gave the venue its name, inspired by boxing fights. These days, the artist lives in Los Angeles, and continues to combine profoundly physical work with text, writing, poetry. For the carte blanche accorded to him by the Place Vendôme in Paris, he tells Art Media Agency that he immediately thought about a “horizontal monument. A human-scale monument that you can walk through. Like Gustave Courbet, who supported the demolition of the Vendôme column during Paris’ Commune period, this is the position I prefer for the column. It’s an ad hoc monument for water, in a city which was constructed around fluidity.” For the Place Vendôme, Tuazon has...

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Art Basel Miami unveils the programme of its 15th edition

Art Basel Miami, held at the Miami Beach Convention Centre ever since its creation in 2001, has announced the programme for its 15th edition from 1 to 4 December. Two hundred and sixty-nine galleries have been selected, representing 29 countries and five continents. Overall, 98 % of the galleries were already present last year. Twenty-one galleries will be first-time participants at the event, including twelve from North and Latin America, six from Europe and three from Asia. The fair’s largest section, “Galleries”, will be presenting 193 exhibitors. The selection committee for this section comprised Tim Blum (Blum & Poe), Chantal Crousel (Galerie Chantal Crousel), Peter Freeman (Peter Freeman, Inc.), José Kuri (kurimanzutto), Friedrich Pretzel (Pretzel Gallery) and Mary Sabbatino (Galerie Lelong). For its third year, the “Survey” section will be welcoming fourteen curatorial propositions of works created prior to 2000. In the “Nova” section, 35 young galleries will be putting on exhibitions by emerging artists, while in the “Edition” section », eleven exhibitors will be focusing on printed works. Finally, the “Positions” section will consist of fifteen stands with monographic...

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Tarek Atoui henceforth represented by Chantal Crousel

Paris, 11 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Galerie Chantal Crousel in Paris will from now on represent Lebanese artist Tarek Atoui. Tarek Atoui was born in Lebanon in 1980 and settled in Paris in 1998, where he studied contemporary and electronic music at the Conservatoire National Français in Reims (East of France). He served as co-artistic director of STEIM Studios in Amsterdam in 2008 and released his first solo album from the series Mort aux Vaches for Staalplaat étiquette (Amsterdam/Berlin). Atoui established himself producing sound performances. He specialised in the creation of digital tools used as artistic means. His most recent productions have been displayed in numerous contemporary art events and exhibitions such as the Sharjah Biennial (UAE), the New Museum (New York), La Maison Ruge (Paris), Darat At Funun (Amman), the Mediacity Biennial (Seoul), Haus Der Kunst (Munich) and Documenta 13...

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Collective show “I’m Dreaming About Reality” at La Douane – Galerie Chantal Crousel

Paris, 25 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 22 February to 12 April 2013, La Douane is presenting a collective exhibition: “I’m Dreaming About Reality”. The exhibition features a selection of works by Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Claire Fontaine, Fabrice Gygi, Jean-Luc Moulène, Melik Ohanian, Clément Rodzielski, Alain Séchas, Sean Snyder, Andy Warhol, Heimo Zobernig. The Claire Fontaine artistic collective, represented by the gallery, is one of the four nominees of the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2013,  that will be awarded during the forthcoming FIAC. The gallery, established in 1980, is comprised of two entities: the Galerie Chantal Crousel and La Douane, opened ten years later. It aims to “help the public and French and international institutions to discover the works of artists from various horizons, all striving to reveal values essential to our contemporary society – each drawing from his own cultural heritage in order to express proposals in a universal and powerful language”. The gallery regularly exhibits at Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, la FIAC, Art Dubai, Hong Kong Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair and...

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The Galerie Chantal Crousel presents Alain Séchas

Paris, 20 December 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Galerie Chantal Crousel presents through 19 January 2013 the last works of Alain Séchas. In 2009, he undertook an ensemble of acrylic paint on paper, featuring interlaces of colours, curves and spatters. The public was then able to discover a very surprising work. The following year, he began to use oil paint on canvas directly, producing uncluttered shapes and magnificent colours. Today the Galerie Chantal Crousel is exhibiting his last works: large oil on canvas works, smaller oil on paper and pastel drawings. The new paintings seem to break with the older: strong colours, black lines that dominate the composition, with an element “suggesting an exit, opening on space” in the side of the painting. His works on paper follow the same pattern. The spectator has no need to look for a link between the paintings, for each “offers a complete, autonomous universe”. For the gallery, it is not a break, but continuity. Indeed Alain Séchas has changed his way of expressing, but he does not turn his back on past works. He delighted in producing those new works, shaking up our senses with his use of colour. Alain Séchas lives and works in Paris. His works are exhibited in many public collections, notably the MACMO (Geneva), the Centre Pompidou and the National Centre for Plastic Arts (Paris). The press release informs that the city of Nantes and the Palais de Tokyo have recently hosted his work “Sans cimaise et sans pantalon”, which enabled the artist to revisit the collections of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in...

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