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  • “Displace, Disclose, Discover: Acts of Painting, 1960/1999”

    Lille Métropole Musée d'Art Moderne (LAM)
    1 Allée du Musée
    March 3–May 27, 2012

    Curated by Marc Donnadieu

    A decade ago, “As Painting: Division and Displacement”—a revelatory show at the Wexner Center for the Arts—foregrounded the vitality of French painting following the New York scene’s storied theft of modern art. Now, another exhibition, this time in Lille, more closely examines the pictorial practices of five French artists—Simon Hantaï, Martin Barré, Marc Devade, Jean Degottex, and Michel Parmentier—working during (and in resistance to) the ascendancy of Greenbergian modernism and its Minimalist and post-Minimalist aftermaths. Narrower in focus than its North American predecessor yet more expansive in regard to each featured oeuvre, the LaM’s presentation brings together nearly 125 works by these very different figures, arguing for the continued importance to each of some material notion of the tableau. A catalogue with essays by Donnadieu and Philip Armstrong accompanies the show.