Les Artistes

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Nabil, Youssef
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Cairo (Egypt) in 1972, he lives and works in New York.

Youssef Nabil started his career as a photographer in 1992, when he and his friends began staging tableaux that recalled film stills from the golden age of Egyptian cinema. Nabil became famous for his portraits of Arab singers, writers and film stars, as well as for his portraits of Western actresses like Catherine Deneuve and Charlotte Rampling, whom he shot wearing traditional black veils, and fellow artists like Tracey Emin or Gilbert and George. His many self-portraits testify of his dislocated life between Egypt, France and the USA. Nabil hand colors his photographs by using watercolor; as a result, his photographs share a dream-like, nostalgic, sometimes surreal and even romantic atmosphere. It is a unique collaboration between photography and painting. Nabil is also a video artist: his first film, You Never Left (2010), stars Fanny Ardant and Tahar Rahim, while his latest, I Saved My Belly Dancer (2015), features Rahim and Salma Hayek.


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Nagle, Ron
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Lightness?" January - March 2012

Born in San Francisco in 1939, he lives and works there.

Ceramic artist Ron Nagle is part of the Abstract Expressionist Ceramics group. He combines different influences (like traditional Japanese ceramic and the colors of his native California) and experiences to create finely crafted pieces in his own style. The works begin on paper as tiny drawings of profiles photocopied and enlarged to determine the appropriate size and proportion. After a laborious sculptural process, each piece is painted and gets texture, shadows and highlights. Aside from his work as a ceramic artist, Nagle is also a professional musician and songwriter.

 


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Nanning, Barbara
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in The Netherlands in 1957, she lives and works in The Netherlands.

Barbara Nanning is a sculptor, ceramicist, and a glass artist; she works on both large- and small-scale objects. The oeuvre of Barbara Nanning is a continuum of objects that can be classified into groups, as if species and families. The circular shape is an archetype in her work; as she explains it herself “The center of the circle is a resting point, from there, the movement emanates. That’s what I do: capturing the essence of movement and growth in my work.” Nanning’s artworks are interrelated; with many references to her previous works, her ideas often continue to have an effect for a long period of time, but never in a strictly linear way. Sometimes the forms are hybrid, emerging like some caprice of nature in an entirely new guise – and in isolated cases, via a large detour after much searching and dead-end experiments.



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Navarro, Iván
"From here to eternity" October 2016 - April 2017, "Icon(s)" April - July 2015,
"Origin(s)" May - June 2011


Born in Santiago (Chile) in 1972, he lives and works in Brooklyn.

Iván Navarro grew up under the Pinochet dictatorship. After obtaining his Bachelor in Fine Arts at the University of Chile, he moved to New York in 1997.

Navarro uses light as his raw material, turning objects into electric sculptures and transforming the exhibition space and everyday objects by means of visual interplay. His work is certainly playful, but is also haunted by questions of power, control and imprisonment. The act of usurping the minimalist aesthetic is an ever-present undercurrent, becoming the pretext for understated political and social criticism. Navarro is a contributor of the post-punk movement, with work full of art historical and modernistic references.

Navarro represented Chile at the 53th Venice Biennale in 2009. His work has been shown worldwide, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MOCA, La Maison Rouge, and the Guggenheim, New York. His work is featured in many international collections, such as the Hirshorn Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Fondation d’entreprise Louis Vuitton. Navarro also installed a monumen- tal in situ project at New York’s Madison Square Park in 2014, This Land Is Your Land, featuring water towers, reflecting neon messages on the inside to create the illusion of infinite space.


 

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Neto, Ernesto
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Brazil in 1964, he lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian sculptor Ernesto Neto creates minimalistic, biomorphic sculptures and installations. Neto encourages physical interaction between the visitors and the artworks by inviting the visitors to touch them, smell them and even walk through them. One of his most famous works is his installation Leviathan Thot, which he created at the Panthéon in Paris in 2006: visitors inside the Panthéon were surprised with a huge, liquid-looking installation that was hung from the dome. By appealing to our senses and our bodies, Neto wants to create art that touches everyone: “What we have in common is more important than what makes us different. I am interested in debating the plight of humanity, the temperature of the things we experience, the movement of things, language. (…) We are constantly receiving information, but I want this to be a place where we stop thinking, where we take refuge in art. I think that not thinking is healthy; it’s like breathing life itself.”

 

 
Neu, Patrick
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1963 in France. Lives and works in Wingen-sur-Moder.

His passion for art history and preference for exceptional materials characterize the work of Patrick Neu. He reproduces features existing in ancient artworks using beeswax, glass or even flies’ and butterflies’ wings. By attaching considerable attention to details and exploring the fragility and strength of materials, his works are challenges in the imagination and in the understanding. They are not reducible in their virtuosity and in their seduction. Before any, Neu’s works engage on a meditation about the instability and ephemeral nature of a work of art, on inevitable and unpredictable instability of things and of moment.

 


 
Neujean, Nat
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1923, he lives and works in Brussels. 

Born in Antwerp, Nat Neujean studied at the Academy for Fine Arts of the city. He was evicted in 1941 because of his Jewish origins, and moved to Brussels, where he has been living ever since. He is famous for the many busts he created of artists like Henry Moore and Paul Delvaux, and other personalities like French writer and politician André Malraux. After the Second World War, Neujean created a series of sculptures in homage to the victims of the Holocaust. Most of his work is in bronze, but he has also worked with marble, stone and porcelain. His sculptures have been exhibited in many countries, including Italy, France, Australia and the USA.

 

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Newton, Edward
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1979 in the UK. Lives and works in London.
Studied at LUCA.


 

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Newton, Helmut
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Germany in 1920, he died in 2004.

Helmut Newton was a prolific, widely imitated fashion photographer whose provocative, erotically charged photos were a mainstay of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Playboy, and other publications. He turned his attention to making powerful, confrontational nudes and established a style marked by erotic, stylized scenes, often with sado-masochistic, voyeuristic, homosexual, and fetishistic subtexts, a sort of erotic-urban style with excellent technical skills. His black and white photographs combined the feel of 1930s noir photojournalism with aspects of new wave cinema.



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Neyts, Gillis
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in The Spanish Netherlands (Belgium) in 1618 or 1623, he died in 1687.

Born in Overijse in 1618 or 1623, Gillis Neyts moved to Antwerp where he was made a member of the Guild of Saint Luke in 1647, as a master painter and engraver. He might have traveled to Spain and Italy, though it is not sure; but we do know he lived in Namur for a few years. Neyts is most famous for his landscapes and topographical views, which were sometimes imaginary, and mostly represented cities, villages, castles and valleys in the regions of Antwerp, Tournai, Namur and Lille. He often painted his fellow citizens, whether by including them in his topographical paintings, or by drawing portraits and figure studies. He returned to Antwerp later in life, where he died in 1687. He was buried in the Antwerp Cathedral.

 

 
Nguyen Thai Tuan
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Vietnam in 1965, he lives and works in Da Lat.

Born in 1965, Nguyen Thai Tuan grew up in a city that was an American base during the Vietnam War. As a child, he saw many atrocities, and the war eventually left an indelible mark on his art. Nguyen Thai Tuan is a self-taught painter whose art reflects on memory, censorship, politics and history. Highly influenced by fellow painters Luc Tuymans and Gerhard Richter, who often create paintings after photographs, Nguyen Thai Tuan also looks at history pictures and news images to inspire him. Even though he is considered today to be one of the most famous and respected Vietnamese artists, he’s had to endure censorship in his home country on several occasions.

 

 
Niebla, Josep
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Struggle(s)"  April - June 2012, "Origin(s)" May - June 2011

Born in Morocco in 1952, he lives and works in Girona (Spain).

Art historian Maria Lluïsa Borràs describes Josep Nieba's work: "I have been closely following Niebla’s work for some years now and I am always surprised by the supreme freedom of his approach, his originality, and the extraordinary strength of his compositions, which have something unpredictable about them. It has always struck me that he is a ‘different’ painter, with immense creativity and a love of painting above all human things, as well as total commitment. This is a painter who experiences painting intensely, which admirably matches his feelings, thoughts and desires. In spite of this unpredictable, surprising and always unexpected nature of his work, Niebla has developed his own language or an unmistakable style, although he does not follow established norms nor join any specific trend. Every step, every moment has been marked by extraordinary emotional tension, and I would say that without this tension he would not be able to paint, or at least not paint with this strength."

 

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Nixon, John
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1949 in Australia. Lives and works in Sydney.

John Nixon is part of a generation of artists who emerged in the 1970’s and whose experiments with painting search new ways of representation. He explores the legacies of minimalist, constructivist and non-objective art. His creations establish a dialogue between painting and sculpture, reversing their roles. “Whilst they have a three-dimensional aspect, they are still undoubtedly paintings,” explains Nixon.

 


 
Noiret-Thomé, Xavier
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in France in 1971, he lives and works in Brussels.

Xavier Noiret-Thomé (or XNT) is a resolutely post-modern artist: he looks back at the history of art to deconstruct it, to make it his own. The resulting paintings are full of references to his art, the art of painting, but with an added sense of irony and energy. Sometimes considered to be an iconoclast, he applies the paint in thick layers or with the help of spray bombs, and is not afraid of accidents or drippings – on the contrary, he welcomes them.

 

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Noll, Alexandre
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1890, he died in 1970.

Alexandre Noll was a French designer and artist who worked exclusively with wood. He first started creating small objects, like umbrella arms and lamp bases, in 1920. One of his early clients was the renowned designer Paul Poiret. He then moved on to creating furniture, and, from the 1950s onwards, extended his art to abstract sculpture. Noll is famous for his use of exotic wood, such as ebony, rosewood, maple and palm tree, as well as for his distinct carving style and the particular polish of his pieces. Noll: “I don’t kill wood, I obey it. By submissively following its contours, its nodes, the small accidents of its veins, I create an artwork that is inspired by nature itself.” All of his pieces are unique; furthermore, there is never either nails or metal part.

 

 
Nowicki, Larissa
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014, "Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1972 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Larissa Nowicki’s sculptures and weavings are made of pages of books, sliced and intricately woven to form new works that cannot be read in the traditional sense. Words are broken down, their letters spliced to create new sentences and letter forms, revealing fragments of public and private histories. Nowicki’s works, with their loosely assembled grids and reductive forms invoke the vocabulary of minimalism but originate from her personal and emotional experiences.

 

 
Nugroho, Eko
 "Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1977 in Indonesia. Lives and works in Yogyakarta.

Eko Nugroho, member of the young generation of Indonesian contemporary artist, came to maturity as an artist, during the period of disorder and reform that occurred in the wake of the 1997 crisis, the fall of the Suharto regime and the transition to democracy. He develops his skills in many mediums, from painting to drawing, including video and more customary handcraft techniques such as embroidery. His work is deeply rooted in local traditions, which is strongly hierarchical and religious, as well as global popular culture. One can see this contrast in the imaginary individuals Nugroho creates, composed of human limbs and machine elements, with faces often hidden. Through his work, the artist tries to encourage young people to deal with political issues; he often invites local communities to participate in his projects, whether it is in France, Germany, or in Java.

 

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Nuur, Navid
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Iran in 1976, he lives and works in The Netherlands.

Working in multiple media, from film and performance to sculpture and installation, the artist's practice blurs the lines between various forms, resisting simple classifications. Nuur’s work fixates on discomfort as a part of a larger attempt to male works that transform common objects: “Many of my pieces begin with an object or an idea that irritates me.” Nuur recontextualizes the everyday, giving his viewers a shifted experience of familiar objects and phenomena. The artist describes his works as “interimodules” that often have a feel of found assemblages, resulting from his tendency to repurpose all types of materials from neon lights and iPhones to piles of trash.


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