• The Chimerical Horizon

    Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain
    1, Place Hans Jean Arp
    May 10–September 9, 2007

    Curated by Jean-Pierre Criqui

    The LA art world seems to be getting a lot more attention in France these days than it has been at home. Coming a year after “Los Angeles 1955–1985,” the Pompidou’s exhaustive historical survey “The Chimerical Horizon” will explore the exact nature of this trans-atlantic fascination by pairing up the éminence grise of the SoCal scene, Ed Ruscha, with Parisian favorite Jean-Marc Bustamante. Featuring thirty-four paintings, photos, sculptures, books, and drawings from 1968 to 2006, this exhibition, whose title is lifted from an obscure book of poems by Jean de la Ville de Mirmont, locates the genre of landscape as the common root of the artists’ technically disparate oeuvres. Both flit freely among media while keeping a trained eye on that distant line.