Pierre Soulages Exhibition
[Image: Pierre Soulages, "Peinture" (2011) Acrylic on canvas 157×222 cm]
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On the occasion of the opening of Perrotin Tokyo, the gallery is honored to present a solo exhibition of Pierre Soulages, bringing together a collection of recent paintings. Pierre Soulages has a special relationship with Japan, where his work was exhibited very early in his career and quickly enjoyed significant recognition. Soulages is not only the most famous living French painter, he is a giant of painting. Today his work is shown in 110 museums around the world and has been exhibited on every continent.
His radically abstract painting makes reference neither to images nor to language. It offers neither representation, nor figuration, nor narration, nor message, and yet it is not pure formalism: it accepts that the viewer interprets it freely for himself. An absolutely original body of work, forcefully disruptive, that does not resort to the crutch of a reference, even indirect, to the outside world, either in its forms or its titles, as opposed to many of the informal or non-figurative abstract works of the period. By the same token, Soulages’ œuvre requires its viewer to address the question of meaning himself.
Since 2004, Soulages no longer works with oils, but with resins that provide him thicknesses of paint that he had never before attained. A new kind of work with light, via reflection, appeared: on the peaceful clarity of a vast surface of solid black, he engraves one or two very deep scarifications, sensual wide gashes, in which a vivid light settles to further accentuate the mystery. Most recently, Soulages has used the contrast between glossy or semi-glossy black and matte black, offering never before seen views of pictorial light.
from 6月 07, 2017 to 8月 19, 2017