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Simon Hantaï’s Black and White Paintings at Gagosian Le Bourget

Les Noirs Du Blanc, Les Blancs Du Noir Exhibition opens October 13 at Gagosian Le Bourget

Simon Hantaï in his studio Meun, France, 1967. Artwork © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Édouard Boubat

To announce the representation of the Estate of Simon Hantaï, Gagosian Le Bourget is hosting an exhibition Les Noirs Du Blanc, Les Blancs Du Noir. Displaying Hentai’s black and white paintings dating between 1969 and 1997, the exhibition is opening October 13th

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Simon Hantaï, Etude, 1969, Oil on canvas, 295.4 x 453.1 cm, © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Courtesy Gagosian

Simon Hantaï is known for his technique of pliage (folding), in which a canvas is crumpled and knotted, uniformly painted over, and then spread out to reveal a matrix of abstract alternations between pigment and ground.

Simon Hantaï, Meun, 1968, Oil on canvas, 213 x 230 cm, © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Courtesy Gagosian

Although many of Hantaï’s works of pliage feature jewellike hues, he also created a number of these works featuring only black paint on bare canvas. Les Noirs Du Blanc, Les Blancs Du Noir explores this subset of the artist’s oeuvre: unmediated by color, the monochromatic paintings and prints celebrate the aesthetic form of the crease and document Hantaï’s evolving relationship with the act of painting. – from Gagosian

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Simon Hantaï, Laissée, 1981–84, Acrylic on canvas, 221.9 x 184.9 cm, © Archives Simon Hantaï/ADAGP, Courtesy Gagosian

The exhibition opens October 13 at Gagosian Le Bourget (26 avenue de l’Europe, Le Bourget, France) and will be open until March 15, 2020.

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