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Hervé Télémaque, Fonds d’actualité, n°1 (Substantive Issues, no. 1), 2002, acrylic on canvas, 9' 8“ × 12' 3”.

Hervé Télémaque

Centre Pompidou

Hervé Télémaque, Fonds d’actualité, n°1 (Substantive Issues, no. 1), 2002, acrylic on canvas, 9' 8“ × 12' 3”.

With more than seventy works borrowed primarily from French public collections, Hervé Télémaque’s recent retrospective reaffirmed the significant institutional support the Haitian-born artist has received in his adoptive country. Télémaque, who arrived in Paris via New York in 1961, has produced a body of work—paintings, sculptures, collages, drawings, and assemblages—that is as aesthetically diverse as it is thematically consistent. Chronologically tracing the development of Télémaque’s unique lexicon—a blend of island motifs, pop-culture iconography, and art-historical references—the exhibition (which travels to the Musée Cantini in Marseille in June) describes postcolonial prejudice and alienation.

Four large paintings made in New York in 1959 and 1960 opened the exhibition in Paris. Clearly influenced by Abstract Expressionism, Télémaque’s early works are

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