It Comes In Waves

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69 avenue Général Leclerc, 93500, Paris, France
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It Comes In Waves

It Comes In Waves
to Sat 29 Sep 2018
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Special event:
Performance. Victoria Dauberville: Sillage. Saturday 15 September, 3 pm & 4 pm

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac presents It comes in waves. The summer exhibition brings together 15 artists who explore the wave as a motif, metaphor and force.

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Whether it is through affective landscapes, conceptual practices or performative processes, the artists explore the moment when both thought and emotion take form. Notions such as constant flux, repetition, eternal recurrence, these associations resonate with us today as our perception of time and space has become increasingly liquid.

The wave is an important motif throughout art history. In the second half of the 19th century, artists such as Gustave Courbet chose to depict the wave as a subject in itself. Nascent abstraction is present in the crest of Courbet’s waves. The wave became a means to explore texture and movement, but also, its transitory nature challenged artists to capture a moment – the instance when a shape takes form. The wave is therefore also a favoured subject for the photographic eye and thereby the birth of the modern. One of the first photographers, Gustave Le Gray with his famous series of Waves is known to have had a considerable influence on a new understanding of seascape. At the same time, Hokusai’s print of the Great Wave is known to have swept away the conventions of representation.

The exhibition draws on the genealogy of the wave as subject and concept. All works are informed by personal narratives and capture the flow between subjective and collective sensations and memories. It includes a large-scale landscape painting by Anselm Kiefer, never shown outside a museum context, as well as Wolfgang Laib’s site-specific installation Passageway. Inside-Downside (2011–12), along side majors works by Miquel Barceló, Georg Baselitz, Rosemarie Castoro, Richard Deacon, Elger Esser, VALIE EXPORT, Justin Matherly, Sigmar Polke, Marc Quinn, Arnulf Rainer, Pat Steir, Not Vital and Lawrence Weiner.

Photo: Charles Duprat
Photo: Charles Duprat

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