Paris

Gérard Garouste

Durand-Dessert

This exhibition of Gérard Garouste’s new work consists of both paintings and sculpture, along with gouaches, engravings, and terra-cotta reliefs. The sculptures, unshown until now, reveal Garouste’s fondness for this form. It is striking, from the very first view of the large paintings and sculptures, to see the evanescent long-lined figures (to which Garouste had accustomed us in his earlier series of paintings on the Divine Comedy) dissolve even more in the present series, and then to see them taken out of their frames and materialized in three-dimensions. The oneiric forms—spectral silhouettes from some imaginary bestiarium called up from a reading of Dante or from the Old Testament—return in the sculptures, animated with a strange and slightly fearsome life. Their three-dimensionality gives them a disturbing presence. In the paintings, on the other hand, the figures—drowned in the

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