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BERTRAND LAVIER

Start Date: May 23, 2019
End Date: July 10, 2019
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Location: Bernier/Heliades Gallery, 11 Eptachalkou 11851 Athens, Greece tel: +302103413935-7 | fax:+302103413938 email:bernier@bernier-eliades.com

Description

Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Athens of the French artist Bertrand Lavier.
Since the late 1960s, Bertrand Lavier has created a complex and diverse universe based on the constant examination of the boundaries between painting and sculpture, representation and abstraction, life and art.
Through light-hearted humor and irony, Lavier continuously develops and experiments in order to emphasize hybridization, incorporating ordinary objects as well other art and reworking the idea of the canvas and the art work in general. His most well-known intervention the “Van Gogh” technique, is the coating of ready-made objects, such as refrigerators, pianos and tables with thick layers of impasto. With this act the artist turns images of contemporary mass culture into works of art, questioning the enigmatic relationship between painting and sculpture.
Lavier’s works show off bewildering similarities to commonplace, familiar, everyday objects on the one hand and works of art, aesthetic objects and cultural cult objects on the other. They nevertheless contain a separate, disquieting element, something that cannot be defined from the given context, a characteristic that does not have a place. They appear to be something that are actually not. Common everyday objects for example, obtain a painterly surface thanks to the intervention of the artist and that surface defines the status of the artwork.
For his first solo show in Athens, the artist will present new sculptures and paintings.
Bertrand Lavier is a persistent explorer of reality: through his artworks he challenges and questions the notion of the identity of the artist, and the relationship between the artists ego and the rest of the world, each work is a sardonic dare towards the insufferable codes and rules of the art system and of contemporary culture.
Bertrand Lavier (b. 1949, Châtillon-sur-Seine, France) lives and works in Paris. In 2012 he had a major retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Other recent solo exhibitions include Medley, Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, Tokyo (2018); Walt Disney Productions, Kunstmuseum Luzern (2017); Oeuvres in situ / Anémochories, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Bertrand Lavier, école des Beaux Arts de Monaco, Monaco (2016); Une rétrospective, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein (2016); l’Affaire Tournesols, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2014-2015).

The gallery is open Tue-Fri 10.30-18.30. Saturday12.00-16.00.

Event categories: exhibitions.

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