“We Are Sun-kissed and Snow-blind”

Galerie Patrick Seguin | Paris

“I love the authority of black. It’s a color that doesn’t compromise. . . . At once a color and a non-color. When light is reflected on it, it transforms it, transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own.” We owe this entirely personal definition to the painter Pierre Soulages, the inventor of outre-noir, ultrablack, whose work is on view all winter on the seventh floor of the Centre Pompidou. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Paris, Galerie Patrick Seguin was also playing with a color that is simultaneously a noncolor. Here, though, the subject was black’s immaculate counterpart: The gallery, partnering with Zurich’s Galerie Eva Presenhuber for the occasion, resembled a vast white monochrome. For the viewer who ventured to discover the thirty-two pieces shown (including works by Sylvie Fleury, Fischli & Weiss, Liam Gillick, and Martin Boyce—whose sculpture We Are Sun-kissed and Snow-blind

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