• MAR 14 to MAY 12
    Group Exhibition
    Paint it Black


    • Group Exhibition
    • Contemporary

    Dates and Opening hours

    MAR 14 to MAY 12, 2013

    Vernissage: Wednesday 13 March from 6-9p.m

    Event Location

    Frac Îlle De France - Le Plateau

    33, rue des Alouettes
    Other Ile de France

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    • Annika Larsson and Augustin Maurs
    • Ben Rivers
    • Benoît Maire
    • Bertrand Lamarche
    • Bettina Samson
    • Dove Allouche
    • Evariste Richer
    • Francesco Gennari
    • Gianni Pettena
    • Helen Mirra

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    With works by Dove Allouche, Iñaki Bonillas, Mario Garcia Torres, Francesco Gennari, Pierre Huyghe, Joachim Koester, Bertrand Lamarche, Annika Larsson and Augustin Maurs, Benoît Maire, Ralph-Eugene Meatyard, Helen Mirra, Olaf Nicolai, Gianni Pettena, Evariste Richer, Ben Rivers, Margaret Salmon, Bettina Samson, Wolfgang Tillmans.

    The new show at Le Plateau, Paint it Black, draws from the latest acquisitions made by the FRAC Ile-de-France, and is based on a radical decision: from the selection thus recently brought together, select only black-and-white  works, and exclude all other colours.

    The choice might seem arbitrary. It is--totally arbitrary.  Even if it must be said that many of the recently acquired pieces objectively met this simple criterion—which, in spite of everything, has defined this angle of approach--,what is actually involved is an assertion, first and foremost, of the subjective, even artificial, nature of a proposal which in reality entails, for us, going beyond any thematic item, and seeing beyond.of a proposal which in reality entails, for us, going beyond any thematic item, and seeing beyond.

    Here,  there is no definitive idea about the blackness of a world in crisis, no in-depth study of the different shades of grey in contemporary art, but rather a formal decision the better to favour the works in their own right, works which, over and above this slight common denominator, are being shown for what they are, in their own autonomy.

    As such, Paint it Black is part and parcel of the tradition of certain exhibitions which, in a similar way, have tried to reduce the thematic principle as much as possible, and thus avoid the works being mere illustrations of a given subject. It is also part of the logical system of an overall project consisting in stepping up playing and experimenting with the collection for shows which have regularly adopted this principle of a main thread—no matter how disconcerting it may be—encouraging the primary vision of the work.So we can discover, in all their splendour, the extreme viewpoints of Dove Allouche, Joachim Koester’s Surrealist interpretation of “passes”, Francesco Gennari’s demiurge-like and a tad Machiavellic vision, Margaret Salmon’s  crazed capture of a couple torn asunder, and the haunting ghostly projection of Bertrand Lamarche…

    At the same time, through its basic principle and its tone, Paint it Black is also a proposal in fact signifying a form of globalness. It clearly points to an atmosphere, a climate—a colour—which visitors (who will be the only people capable of bringing other colours into the show) will perforce grasp as such. And this all the moreso because, far from exhaustively bringing together all the recently acquired black-and-white works, the task of devising the exhibition consisted, on the first framing thus defined, in honing a selection in order, in the end of the day, to form a thoroughly coherent composition.

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