Claude Viallat

Centre d'Arts Plastiques Contemporains de Bordeaux

In the late ’60s and early ’70s the “Supports-Surfaces” group provided a large proportion of the subject matter for the intellectual and artistic press in France. A large proportion of the most interesting work done today by young artists can be traced to these origins which had at their center Claude Viallatas a prime mover. After 1966, his research was directed towards exploring the material components of painting (canvas, stretcher, installations, and the qualities and interrelationships of these elements) by using a single, repeated form on an unstretched canvas. Although Viallat’s works were among the first to use a pictorial method which no longer had anything to do with easel painting, his eminence was not entirely due to his work alone. He was the indefatigable organizer of exhibitions, notably outside Paris (most unusual in 1970), and influenced young painters through his teaching.

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