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Ernest T.

Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie

Many had assumed that the French artist Ernest T. had disappeared as surely as the ’80s, a decade for which he seemed almost an official critical representative. This artist, who has used various aliases to signal multiple ironic, elusive personas, first deployed the lapidary pseudonym “Ernest T.” in an advertisement he placed in Flash Art in December 1983. He later created a series of canvases that he signed with the letter T, repeating it in the form of an abstract motif in primary colors. His purpose, seemingly, was to mark the end of the avant-garde during a time of flourishing commercialism, and with that period over, the artist announced the retirement of Ernest T. from the contemporary scene, making way for groups like Présence Panchounette (which also scuttled its ship in France at the end of the ’80s). Thus, his return has caused a great deal of excitement, especially since it

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