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Xavier Noiret-Thomé

Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire

Xavier Noiret-Thomé paints without a system: Having begun exhibiting in the early 1990s, he is of a generation that has felt capable of foregoing determinate frameworks so as to tackle the field of painting freely, as if it has once again been cleared of mines. Nevertheless, his practice is not devoid of an agenda, and it is pursued with full consciousness of his means, his history, and his process of formation. Playing on the architecture of the gallery in his recent exhibition “The Parade of Cannibals,” the artist offered a two-step trajectory. On the ground floor, five paintings showed the extent of his spectrum, from chromatic and formal unity (the metallic gray and perspective schema of Toile V [Canvas V], 2003) to the most motley of mixtures (as in Oiseau de paradigme [Bird of Paradigm], 2008–2009, where we see the image of a toucan—painted without a model, the artist points

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