Les Artistes

“Sans eux pas de collections d'art.
Avec eux la beauté, la provocation, le plaisir, la réflexion. ”

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Elmgreen & Dragset
"ta.bu" january - march 2016
"
Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Michael Elmgreen born in Denmark in 1961, and Ingar Dragset born in Norway in 1969, they live and work in London and Berlin.

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have been working together since 1995. The duo creates sculptures, installations and performances in which the conventions concerning presentation and appreciation of art are being challenged. Their works explore the cultural, social and political functions of public spaces. Questioning the conventional understanding of social spaces in a playful way, the artists comment on the increasingly economic character of social relations – a development they experience as quite problematic.

 

 
Emin, Tracey

"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"ta.bu" january - march 2016,
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013,
"Red" september - december 2012
 

Born in the United Kingdom in 1963, she lives and works in London.

Visual artist Tracey Emin uses her life’s events as an inspiration for her works, which range from painting, drawing, video and installation to photography, needlework and sculpture. She reveals intimate details of her life, hopes, humiliations, failures and successes, in pieces that are frequently both tragic and humorous. Emin engages the viewers with representations of universal emotions and establishes a dialogue with them. Her creations have an immediacy and often sexually provocative attitude that firmly locates her body of work within the tradition of feminist discourse.

 

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Epstein, Mitch
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the USA in 1952, he lives and works in New York.

Mitch Epstein is an American photographer who also creates photographic books, video installations and films. He studied first at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, then under Garry Winogrand, the famous photographer whom Epstein calls his biggest influence. It was Winogrand who pushed him to do street photography and work with color. As a documentary photographer, Epstein took frequent trips across the USA, and, later, to India and Vietnam, where he researched and photographed traces of the American invasion. His art is characterized by political and social themes. He has photographed American power plants, cities and estates, politicians and elections; his subject, in short, is the American way of life. According to Dave Coggins, Epstein “grounds his images (…) in the human condition, combining empathy with sharp social observation, politics with sheer beauty.”

 

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Erlich, Leandro
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1973 in Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires and Paris.

Leandro Erlich creates sculptures and humorous, interactive installations that deal with illusions, breaching limits and unstable boundaries. Through this transgression of limits, the artist challenges certain absolutes and the institutions that reinforce them. His artworks explore the way we understand certain kind of phenomena and interact with different spaces. Without the rigor of scientific experimentation, he challenges our perception of reality, undermining certainties. Erlich draws inspiration from literature, notably from the work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. The world of film also inspire him with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Luis Buñuel and David Lynch, whom, as Erlich says “have used the everyday as a stage for creating a fictional world obtained through the psychological subversion of everyday spaces.”

 

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Esposito, Bruna
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1960 in Italy. Lives and works in Rome.

Bruna Esposito’s work is often created in spatial interventions that stimulate the senses and in whom the destabilizing element is crucial that it is a smell, a taste, a sound. Her creations contain multiple interpretations and are made to evoke a state of reflection.

 


 
Estève, Lionel
"Obsession" january - march 2015


Born in France in 1967, he lives and works in Belgium.

Lionel Estève’s work sits at a crossroads between drawing, sculpture and installation. He plays with space, colors and sensory perception. The artist uses found or recycled materials to create geometrically simple assemblages that are nevertheless dense in their presence. Estève’s works require close investigation as he often works with small objects. “I see my artworks as something mental. I hope they come alive in the same way in the minds of the public. I don’t expect people to understand, but I want my work to lighten their spirits,” explains the artist.

 

 
Ethridge, Roe
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1969 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Roe Ethridge moves freely among the classic genres of the photographic medium — portrait, landscape, and still life. He combines the glossy, prefabricated aspect of commercial photography with the thought-provoking perspective of fine art to create works at once familiar and unusual, nostalgic and distinctively contemporary. The artist appropriates images resulting from various contexts and juxtaposes them, creating new meanings and exploring their signifying possibilities. His aim is to challenge the viewer’s perspective and question photography’s role and implication in contemporary life.

 


 
Evans, Paul
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in the USA in 1931, he died in 1987.

Paul Evans is a key figure of the American Craft Movement of the 1970s. The movement, which was influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement, advocated a highly personal approach in design furniture, as well as the combination of craftsmanship and technology. Evans studied at several technical schools, among which the Philadelphia Textile Institute and the School for American Craftsmen, before opening his own store in 1956. From 1964 onwards, he created several pieces and series of furniture for the manufacturer Directional Furniture. Evans achieved great success thanks to series like Argente and Cityscape and eventually symbolized American modernity in the 1970s. While some of his designs were serially produced, Evans insisted that he personally oversaw production: “Every piece is made by hand. One piece at a time. Every piece is finished by hand. One piece at a time. And every piece is supervised every step of the way by the artist who conceived it.”

 

 
Evrard, Catherine
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in Belgium in 1967, she lives and works in Brussels.

Catherine Evrard was an apprentice at the workshops of sculptors Félix Roulin and Lucie Sentjens before studying archaeology and history of art at the Université catholique de Louvain. She integrates her drawings and vocal skills in her work as an activity leader for several cultural places and in Brussels schools. Her drawings are intimate scenes, somewhat mysterious, in which she analyses human nature by people’s movements and gestures that betray their deeper emotions. Her simple, sober drawings, at once frivolous and tragic, leave room for the spectator to imagine their own story.