Jean-Pierre Bertrand

MAGASIN - Centre National d'Art Contemporain

Jean-Pierre Bertrand has steadily moved to the fore of the French contemporary art scene, but his role, like his work, is difficult to categorize. Coming from the world of films (he was an assistant movie director in the ’60s), Bertrand began to make art objects and show them in gallery exhibitions in the early ’70s. Strictly speaking, in purely formal terms, one cannot call him either a painter or a sculptor, although his work has at times resembled simple sculpture, or, more often, large abstract monochromatic paintings; he is no longer a filmmaker, in spite of the small experimental films and video works that he continues to make; and he is not an installation artist or a photographer, even though he never leaves the installation of his work to chance and will occasionally include a photograph.

Far from ascribing to any particular contemporary issue, Bertrand has centered his approach

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