Printemps de Septembre

Various Venues

Under the artistic direction of Jean-Marc Bustamante and co-organized with Pascal Pique, this year’s Printemps de Septembre, titled “In Extremis,” was situated squarely within contemporary investigations of the image—artistic and otherwise. Beyond the range of generations (from Giovanni Anselmo to Clotilde Viannay, a recent graduate of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris) and styles represented, the works, regardless of their medium, shared a reflection on the image in all its forms, and on representation and the infinitely complex relationships that art maintains with the real. Between Josiah McElheny’s “Landscape Models for Total Reflective Abstraction,” 2003– , and Franck Scurti’s series “Les Reflets” (Reflections), 2002—2004; that is, between precious objects made of reflective glass and tending toward total abstraction on the one hand, and neons that reproduce distorted and inverted

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