Doisneau like you’ve never seen him before : Exhibition at the Campredon Centre d’art in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 14 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Robert Doisneau didn’t like the Paris suburb where he grew up, but, despite this, he remained very attached to it in his photographs. “The acidity of the suburbs can eat away at a waste site just as much as in a disaster scene of hooligans smashing up cars,” he wrote. The first images he took during the 1930s speak for themselves: taken from a wide, low angle, if a subject attracts attention in the foreground (a bar, packed full of people drinking and celebrating, while children are playing nearby), the background is more critical, marked by the imposing structures of social housing and gasometers. The horizon is blocked, weighed down even. It is a compositional technique which the artist continued to employ during his work at Fortune magazine in 1960, when he was sent to report on golf culture in Palm Springs. The flashy American bourgeoisie are pictured having fun on lush, green grass, while cranes cover dry, arid land in the background, the artist commenting on the absurdity of the situation in which he found himself. He made a caricature out of this almost-theatrical class of the nouveau riche, exaggerating their features and behaviour. The dark side of Doisneau The exhibition in the Campredon Centre d’Art in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which runs until 9 February 2014, shows us another side of Robert Doisneau, a different angle from his portraits of a happy, carefree France, so well-known and loved by humanist photographers. The exhibition’s curator, Agnès Sire – who previously presented the show at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in 2010 – delved through the archive of approximately 450,000 photographs at Doisneau’s studio to find about a hundred works that would show a more nostalgic, dark, melancholy Doisneau, with shots taken between 1930 and 1966 as...

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Women’s sculptures at the Villa Datris

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 4 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Villa Datris, a foundation for contemporary sculpture located in the small provincial town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a point of reference for antique dealers, will be honouring female artists during its 2013 exhibition, “Female Sculptors” from 28 April to 11 November. This provincial institution was founded by two aficionados of contemporary sculpture, Danièle Marcovici and Tristan Fourtine. As animators of unsubmissiveness to the empirical trends of the art market, they are active leaders in the area for the cause of contemporary art who are guided by their personal choices. “Female Sculptures” is an example of their said choices. The exhibition highlights female artists, not necessarily feminists, who claim their femininity in a field where men have dominated for a long time. “When women really want to reach the summit of international art, they succeed. I am living proof” said Niki de Saint Phalle. She was the wife of Jean Tinguely and is in fact one of the main artists represented at the event. Her work Blue Goddess – Thoëris, representing an Egyptian hybrid divinity, is a masterpiece. There are also sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Joana Vasconcelos, Rina Banerjee, Camille Claudel and Mâkhi Xenakis. The themes of the preceding exhibitions were kinetic and optical art with “Movement and Light” in 2012, and material plurality with “Plural Sculptures” in...

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A villa for contemporary sculpture

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 8 August 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Villa Datris is a free exhibition space in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue which is part of the rare private foundations dedicated to contemporary sculpture. Set up in 2011 by Danièle Kapel-Marcovici and her husband Tristan Fourtine, the Villa Datris is a place of exchanges, freely open to audiences, which offers a collection of works whose prices do not exceed €200,000. More precisely, it brings together 85 sculptures including works by Morellet, Tinguely, Ben and Agam in a 19th century Provençal hotel and in its garden. Up until November 2012, the foundation is displaying “Mouvement et Lumière”, an exhibition on the numerous facets of kinetic and optical art. In 2013, female sculptors will be put in pride of place as part of an exhibition which will bring together the Raja Foundation, set up in 2006 so as to support projects in favour of women, and the Datris Foundation whose approach favours education, culture, and...

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Villa Datris recounts “Mouvement et Lumière”

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (France), 23 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Until 4 November 2012, the Villa Datris, which hosts the Foundation for Contemporary Sculpture at L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, is hosting an exhibition entitled “Mouvement et Lumière”. Throughout three levels of exhibition space, 85 sculptures recount more than six decades and two major movements of the 20th century. Kinetic artworks, which incorporate light and moving objects, by Vasarely and gallery owner Denise René are featured, along with Optical art pieces, which first appeared in 1965 and are known for their use of optical illusions that make the human eye the work’s sole driving element. The sculptures on display invite visitors to become part of the works by interacting with them. Visitors can expect to find: works by kinetic artists Agam, Carlos Cruz-Diez, David Bill, Darío Pérez-Flores, Julio Le Parc, Jesús Soto, Octavio Herrera, Wolfram Ullrich, Henriksen, Bernard Reyboz, and Rafael Barrios; neon light sculptures by Iván Navarro, François Morellet, Roger Vilder, Ben, Laurent Baude, and Chul-Hyun Ahn; light boxes by Martha Boto, Hugo Demarco, Hans Kotter, Gregorio Vardanega, Francis Guerrier, Alain Le Boucher, Miguel Chevalier, Nicolas Schöffer, and Gabriel Sobin; concrete structures lit with optical fibers by Denis Pondruel; mobiles by Jean Tinguely, Roger Vilder, Daniel Grobet, Jaildo Marinho, Philippe Hiquily, Manuel Merida, Susumu Shingu, Gabriel Sobin, and François Weil; Optical art by Ludwig Wilding; interactive sculptures by Miguel Chevalier, Peter Vogel, and Santiago Torres; sculpture works with sound by Freddy Fraek, Medjid Houari, Alice Pilastre, and Zimoun; colour in movement by Jean-Claude...

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