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Jan Voss

Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris

For over thirty years the German-born, Paris-based artist Jan Voss has been producing a remarkably even body of work with an uncompromising yet unassuming presence. The originality of Voss’ approach to artmaking can be traced to his disciplined organization of automatic gestures and intelligent, self-assured refinement of collage techniques. In trying to achieve spatial integrity, Voss has mastered a bravura technique of accumulating forms—the wooden pieces in his sculptures and reliefs or the patches of color and hieroglyphic scribbles in his paintings and drawings—in decentralized compositions.

Voss’ recent exhibition confirmed that he is a stubborn individualist who views the canvas as an arbitrary field of inward expression while treating it with uniform intensity and formal rigor. The eleven paintings shown here recalled his earlier works while also reflecting the art of the ’40s and

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