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The evolution of the urban landscape at Thaddaeus Ropac

Paris-Pantin, 6 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 17 November 2013 until 15 February 2014, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting “Empire State, New York Art Now” in its Paris-Pantin space. This collective exhibition — curated by English art historian Norman Rosenthal and curator and art critic Alex Gartenfeld — explores the evolving landscapes, along with the myths and realities of Manhattan. The event brings together the work of twenty five artists based in New York, whether famous or lesser-known, across several generations, all represented by a selection of their important recent works. Paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and installations pieces see artists consider the enduring influence of New York, at a time when an understanding of what it is to be urban would otherwise appear to be in constant flux. Artists exhibited in the show are: Michele Abeles, Uri Aran, Darren Bader, Antoine Catala, Moyra Davey, Keith Edmier, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Dan Graham, Renée Green, Wade Guyton, Shadi Habib Allah, Jeff Koons, Nate Lowman, Danny McDonald, Bjarne Melgaard, John Miller, Takeshi Murata, Virginia Overton, Joyce Pensato, Adrian Piper, Rob Pruitt, R. H. Quaytman, Tabor Robak, Julian Schnabel and Ryan...

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Jack Pierson at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery

Paris, 4March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 2March to 6 April, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Paris will present works by American artist Jack Pierson. The exhibition titled “Ennui (la vie continue)” consists of numerous installations including These Eternal Questions. This work is inspired by Greek philosophy and entails the genesis of human conscience and reflection. His Quiet Waters refers to the Bible as a source of Western consciousness and culture. The main piece is an impressive installation titled Dream, that dominates the gallery’s central space, being at the same time a demonstration of imagination’s power and a tribute to dreams as a major force of intellectual constructions. Jack Pierson was born in 1960 in Plymouth. During his studies at the Massachussets College of Art in Boston, with other young artists, including Nan Goldin, he established a group named The Five from Boston. His works are present in the world’s major collections, such as LACMA and MoCA in Los...

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David Salle/Francis Picabia exhibition at the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery

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...

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Gilbert&George at theThaddaeus Ropac Gallery

Salzburg, 29 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Salzburg (Austria) presents and exhibition of works by Gilbert&George, titled “London Pictures”, open until the 19 January. According to the press release, the artistic duo spent several years to prepare “London Pictures”. They photographed hundreds of English press clippings, headlines of articles concerning the most violent criminal acts to attract the interest of the public. That is how they became the witnesses of  a new phenomenon peculiar to the contemporary society, the phenomenon of  tabloid, where the shocking headlines are used to round up the readers to consequently present them details of crimes, most of the time it is about aggression, rape, robbery, murder – this is what  interest the public nowadays. After having gathered numerous fragments of articles and headlines, Gilbert&George reworked them in order to interrogate the spectator. The eyes placed above the text are there to examine the visitor and push him to think about the horrifying words and as a consequence make a reflection about the  brutality of  the reality we are in. This new works are the echo of the ancient cycle of photographs by Gilbert&George titled Jack Freak Pictures, where they represent themselves as “witnesses and anti-authority victims” of the “conditions and mood of contemporary society” presenting at the same time a critic and a warning against the corruption of society.      ...

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New curatorial team for the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in Pantin

Paris, 25 October 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). Through a press release, the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery announced the appointment of new members for the curatorial team, caused by the opening of a new gallery in Pantin (near Paris), since 13 October 2012. Three persons will then enter the Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery: Xenia Geroulanos, Xaver Von Mentzingen and Séverine Waelchi. Xenia Geroulanos earned a degree in history of art from the University College London, and a master in antique and Byzantine studies from King’s College, London. Afterwards, she worked at the medieval department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the publication department of the National Gallery, London. Xaver Von Mentzingen earned a master in communication from the Paris Institute of Political Science and a master in Latin American culture and civilisation from the Sorbonne. He was Thaddaeus Ropac’s personal assistant for five years. Finally, Séverine Waelchi worked with the curator of the Museum Haus der Kunst after earning a degree in history of art in Munich. She acquired experience by working at the Sprueth Magers in Munich, and in 2004 was appointed director of the Paris...

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