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Michel Parmentier, 5 avril 1966, lacquer on canvas. Photo: Fabrice Gousset.

Ales Ortuzar Opens New Project Space in TriBeCa

Dealer Ales Ortuzar, formerly of David Zwirner, is opening a new project space, dubbed Ortuzar Projects, in TriBeCa. Located at 9 White Street, the 2,600-square-foot space is dedicated to promoting artists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries who are underrepresented in the art-historical canon.

Operating on a two-year timeline, Ortuzar Projects aims to provide artists with “a lasting, expanded visibility through exhibitions and the publication of significant scholarly catalogues.” Its inaugural show, featuring works by Michel Parmentier from 1966 to 1993, will open on February 16.

Best known for his horizontally striped paintings from the 1960s, the artist created just over seventy paintings over the course of his career. “At first glance, they seem self-evident: the best-known works of the French painter Michel Parmentier appear so clear, so direct, so whole, as to be their own last word,” Molly Warnock wrote in the November 2014 issue of Artforum. Select works from the exhibition will eventually travel to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, which will stage the artist’s first retrospective in the United States.

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