Paris

Jacques Villeglé, Rues Desprez et Vercingétorix (La Femme), 1966, poster on fabric, 98 3/4 x 88 1/4". © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Jacques Villeglé, Rues Desprez et Vercingétorix (La Femme), 1966, poster on fabric, 98 3/4 x 88 1/4". © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris.

Paris

Jacques Villeglé

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
September 17, 2008–January 5, 2009

Curated by Sophie Duplaix

Singularly consistent in his media of choice since the late 1940s, when he first collaborated with Raymond Hains to produce work made from already-torn posters, Jacques Villeglé considers himself a history “painter” for the twentieth century, his oeuvre as a chronicle of our “collective reality” honed at the intersection of urban space, commodity culture, and political history. To distance this practice from an art backdrop dominated by the readymade and its inheritors, the retrospective positions the artist’s ongoing engagements with music and film as well as his less celebrated allegiances (his relationship with Jean Dubuffet, for example) as important parallels to the poster-based appropriations. The thematically organized show—featuring 120 works from 1947 to the present—will also include examples of Villeglé’s experiments with the “socio-political alphabet,” which he invented from appropriated ideograms and graffiti.