Benoît Maire

FRAC Aquitaine

The Nouvelle Vague: Benoît Maire, who spent some time studying philosophy before striking a path through the meanders of contemporary art, embodies this very French universe—defended body and soul in the 1960s by Godard, Truffaut, Eustache, and Varda—in more ways than one. First of all, he belongs to a new wave of artists, French but not only French, who deploy a rather discreet, radically intellectual art far from the laws of the market, an art whose anti-Pop formats tend more toward Conceptual art on the one hand and folk art on the other. Second, this thirty-two-year-old artist borrows unapologetically from the talky, pastel-colored aesthetic of avant-garde films. So, with L’île de la répétition (Repetition Island), 2010, a feature-length film, shot in Super 8, which he was invited to show all summer at the FRAC Aquitaine in Bordeaux, Maire pays homage to Éric Rohmer, who died last

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