BERNARD PIFFARETTI

Acteur

galerie frank elbaz is happy to present Acteur, the fourth exhibition of French artist Bernard Piffaretti at the gallery.

Thought as a scenario where paintings are the real actors, the exhibition will feature works from 2019 and 2020 as well as a painting from the “Factice” series from 1981.

The press release is in the form of title credits (to be read aloud)

Following “Passage (à la ligne)” in 2016, frank elbaz gallery is pleased to present the by now traditional new exhibition by Bernard Piffaretti.

The show will feature paintings from 2019 and 2020 as well as a painting from the “Factice” series from 1981.

The colors were mainly created by Starcolor.

The exhibition was hung by Bernard Piffaretti and Frank Elbaz with the help of Lucas Chauveheid and Julien Pelloux.

The show was organized by Anna Kraft, Lucie Berezowa and Clara Berthiaux.

The title of the exhibition is Acteur.

However, between February 29 and April 25, neither Brigitte Bardot, nor Michel Piccoli, let alone Jack Palance, will be making an appearance.

The paintings will be the real actors.

As always, each painting is divided by a central strip of paint.

Lacking the “contempt” of the past, Victor Stoïchita argued in 1993 that with the emergence of the self-aware image the metapictorial work had established the basis of the modern world.

Acteur is the story of this world.

JLB 2020 *

* Thanks to JLG

Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 240 cm (78 3/4 x 94 1/2 in.)
PIF2019-2254

58 000 €

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Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
240 x 140 cm (94 1/2 x 55 1/8 in.)
PIF2019-2252

48 000 €

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Bernard Piffaretti

Born in 1955 in Saint-Etienne, France
Lives and works in Paris

Since 1986 Piffaretti has committed his practice to the “duplication method” or “Piffaretti system”, abstract paintings that appear to be two identical halves, split through the vertical axis. One of the two parts is an attempt to duplicate the other, made beforehand. Once both panels are finished, the distinction between the copy and the original tends to fade. As the artist admits himself, “the repetition, act by act, on the second half of the canvas, can only produce an imperfect image”. Closer inspection does indeed reveal moments of differentiation: the inclination of the brushstrokes, the number of drips, the weight of the hue. “The duplication clouds the origin of the time of the work. All supremacy is abolished, and that is the subject of my painting”.

While the duplication method is a statement of conceptual rigour, it also draws attention to the gestural qualities of the paintings; the matching sides encourage us to examine the subtle nuances between the two halves. The paintings often have a vertical spine, hiding in plain sight down the centre of the canvas. Piffaretti calls attention to this spine by shifting its tone or hue in a direction that skews the palette established in rest of the painting. He not only uses the technique as a compositional tool but also as an instrument to trigger action; the colours, shapes and lines subsequently move, repeat and rotate on the canvas. Furthermore, the system allows him to exhibit the simple yet essential principles of painting. In some works, the second part is even left irremediably blank, showing us this impossible reproduction of the artistic gesture.


Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
180 x 180 cm (70 7/8 x 70 7/8 in.)
PIF2019-2249

48 000 €

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Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
140 x 240 cm (55 1/8 x 94 1/2 in.)
PIF2020-2253

48 000 €

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Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
200x 240 cm (78 3/4 x 94 1/2 in.)
PIF2020-2255

58 000 €

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Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 cm (59 x 59 in.)
PIF2019-2246

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Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 1981
Acrylic on canvas
226 x 305 cm (89 x 120 1/8 in.)
PIF1981-2257

87 000 €

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Acteur is Bernard Piffarettiʼs 4th solo exhibition at galerie frank elbaz. In 2019, he had solo shows at Klemm's, Berlin, Lisson Gallery New York and at the Kate MacGarry Gallery in London. In January 2022, he will participate in a great group exhibition at the National Gallery in Washington DC. 

Since 1990, he has had major exhibitions at museums and galleries in France and abroad. His works can be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne, Mamco Geneva, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Saint-Etienne, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes and Fondation Cartier pour lʼart contemporain, Paris.

Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled
, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
110 x 110 cm (42 1/4 x 43 1/4 in.)
PIF2019-2243

28 000 €

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