Marc Desgrandchamps

Galerie Zürcher | Paris

“The world remains whatever happens.” This phrase, which ends Marc Desgrandchamps’s biographical statement in a recent monograph, suggests some of the paradoxes apparent in his work: issues of permanence and event, timeless continuity and sudden presence, the known and the unexpected, stable reference and unspecified expectation. There is a sense of suspended temporality in his paintings, which are metaphors for both memory and forgetting. His recent show at Galerie Zürcher, featuring twenty works (all Untitled, 2007), revealed how the artist increasingly has been playing with the transparency of highly diluted oil paint in order to obscure his images, which are nothing more than banal scenes—landscapes (gardens, countrysides, beaches, or, more recently, cities) haunted, or perhaps not, by presences that are as concrete as they are fleeting. The drips produced by the thinness of the

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