Jean-Marc Bustamante, Trophée 2, 2005, painted steel, aluminum powder, varnish, and ink on Plexiglas, 50 3/8 x
42 1/8 x 1 1/2".


Jean-Marc Bustamante

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain
rue fernand léger
June 2–August 28

Curated by Lorand Hegyi

Jean-Marc Bustamante’s work has, since the ’70s, relied on a perceptual disconnect between image and subject, one he explores in every possible permutation—from early, fragmentary landscape photographs reminiscent of commercial advertising to more recent gestural drawings that are enlarged and silk-screened on to transparent wall-mounted Plexiglas. This exhibition, which follows on the heels of a similar show at the Kunsthaus Bregenz at the beginning of the year, expands on Bustamante’s installation in the French pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale, by bringing together roughly thirty Plexiglas pieces, most made since 2004. It should be interesting to see how this cross-section of new and recent work further reveals Bustamante’s notion of the abstract artifact.

Translated from French by Jeanine Herman.