“Hommage à Martin Barré”

Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Rue du Cloître St. Merri

Idées de la peinture: Hommage à Martin Barré” (Ideas of Painting: An Homage to Martin Barré), curated by Jean-Pierre Criqui, allows us to revisit a painter whose work is displayed all too infrequently relative to its importance. From one series to another, in ten paintings made by Barré between 1960 and 1991, the tools employed change (the paint tube itself, the spray gun, then a return to the brush), as do the forms (lines, bands or stripes, arrows, and truncated triangles or rectangles), but these variations only confirm the rigor and continuity of the artist’s tireless investigation into the fundamental givens of painting. Throughout his experiments, one constant emerges immediately: the importance of blank space, which cannot be described as a void, since it is active, or as background, insofar as Barré gives it the same status as forms and color. In the radicalism of black and white,

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