Paris

Paris

Support/Surface Years

Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde
May 18–August 30, 1998

Just as Johannes Itten’s influential Bauhaus courses were once described as an “expressionist jam,” the work of the French artists affiliated with the ’70s support/surface movement could be called “conceptual jam.” This bizarre hodgepodge—part formalist reflection, part Maoist discourse—covers a wide aesthetic spectrum in the work of such affiliates as Louis Cane, Daniel Dezeuze, and Claude Viallat. It’s an irony of art history that, with this show of sixty-four works curated by Daniel Abadie, director of the Jeu de Paume, the support/surface sloganeering can even play into the hands of cultural guardians—in this case those of the host institution, which seems to be attempting to regild French art’s coat of arms. May 18-Aug. 30; travels to ten additional venues.