Saint Etienne

“Supports/Surfaces”

Musée d'Art Moderne

Supports/Surfaces” may well revive the esthetic debates of the ’60s and ’70s, for the ideas behind it present a rereading of art history and pose essential questions regarding the sense of art and, in particular, of painting. They also demonstrate the mechanisms of the production of the artwork by examining the illusion inherent in painting. In looking at the 170 works, hung in a clear and readable manner, one sees that their esthetic interest has not diminished. Though they were created specifically as responses to the artistic situation of the end of the ’60s, it seems that they have acquired a new force today, reflecting debates in current French artistic practice. Still, these works have had practically no international recognition. One could even say that some of them, such as the long pieces printed with a flower pattern by Patrick Saytour, anticipated certain later American

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