Paris

Gina Pane, Acqua alta/Pali/Venezia (High Water/Piles/Venice), 1968–70/2019, twelve Duralinox pillars, metal tray, muddy water, painted lettering. Installation view.

Gina Pane

Kamel Mennour | Rue Saint-André des Arts

In 1963, Gina Pane (1939–1990) graduated from Paris’s École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, where she studied painting and lithography, and quickly became a player in the city’s art scene. This exhibition, “Terre protégée” (Protected Earth), curated by Emma-Charlotte Gobry-Laurencin, featured two paintings from this time, Untitled (no 20), 1962–65, and Untitled (no 31), 1962–67, both modestly sized, portrait-oriented works in oil on canvas. Composed of sharp vertical bands or triangles of bold contrasting colors, separated by paler shades or stripes of white, these works, according to Gobry-Laurencin, demonstrate the influence of Russian Suprematism. Hung nearby, six drawings from around 1967–68, mostly in black pencil on paper, also revealed Pane’s interest in simple geometric forms and her apparent desire to lead her shapes toward volume and space.

Very soon, Pane left painting

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