By discovering the painting #leeleekimmel I guess a narrative that for the moment escapes me.
I liked this painting because it reminds me of the frescoes in the jungle on ruins representing the cycle of seasons and weather with Quetzalcoatl.
The seasons are similar and also change by transforming my daily life and habits, sometimes in a few weeks.
In my head, when the time when my life is in a hurry, I feel like I have to adapt in just a few hours, do You too ?…
Do the elements and the influence of time make me a different being ? Am I another one now than the one who wasn’t on Instagram a year ago ?
I don’t think so. In fact, I think I’ve never changed…says my friends too 😅
I learn, I compile information and I realize that the further I go, the closer I get to who I am or rather who I have always wanted to be, since my childhood.
The pressure is strong, you have to succeed and have things to compare yourself in the other’s eyes and therefore compromise on yourself…
But I’ve never lived well being another person or pretending. Having a healthy life has always been a great help to me 😚 I must admit…
In Leelee, arts and a a purpose of missing the game of appearances, seem to have marked out her path and that I am feeling it right now.
Observing her gesture, movements, shapes and colours, I can easily imagine Leelee standing on a canvas on the ground as on her life as a human being.
I also feel this willingness to share a language – whose sounds and meanings are still far away from me for now… – with real emotions that disperse, in my eyes, what makes me ephemeral in this world 💫
The painting you see is an acrylic on canvas.
The material, a few meters away, looks like lace. I really thought I was seeing textile glued to paint ! 😙 and so much has already been explored in painting that my eye, by comparison – too much – fast, searching for landmarks already seen….
As I approach, I discover that these reliefs are paint, most likely executed with a pistol and directly by compressing tubes of paint.
The artist keeps this to herself. Good👌 I like mysteries and I also find this idea of secrecy amusing.
Leelee is a mother and sincere play, the one that nurtures a true relationship as opposed to a fictional or social role, is certainly a natural exercise for her.
I asked Antoine, the gallery director you see with me in the story, to tell me a little more so…
Now I look forward to meeting Leelee when I next come to New York.
『•』Between heaven and earth 🏐
Two lines on the ground, compressed beams or pieces of carpentry are laid in parallel in front of me on the ground.
The courtyard is paved, the weather is pleasant and the minimalist aspect of the whole work makes my mind available…to think (yes 😄)
What do I see? What do I see ? Nothing ? ^^ A sculpture because I’m told it’s a sculpture ? Rusty bars ? – by the trace of time that I will learn later that it is voluntarily expected, here and now, for the time of an exhibition outside the walls, whatever the weather, by the artist – forms in a space ?
Maybe also an idea, a look at things and even a memory…
When I look at these elements, I think of an architecture that would have been dismantled and then laid on the ground, a place that now only exists through what remains of it here.
The fact that these sculptures are placed in parallel reminds me that there may have been an order between them in an old use and perhaps also that this order today makes me wonder why they are placed in this way.
I have already seen #danielturner ‘s work at Allen’s, an art gallery. I remember his archaeology of the materials that make up or used to make up part of our industrial environment.
I am thinking of the sculptor #Meuser and other artists who, since the 1950s, have been recording the traces of a recent technical past as a testimony to all the scientific, economic and therefore social transformations of this twentieth century, which seems to me so different from our world today.
In Daniel’s work, I like the temporality, the fact that he also exposes this time and these materials to the wear and tear of the elements outside a gallery – a means also of proposing his vision to those who rarely or never enter a place of contemporary art – and of course all the conceptual charge of his view of the world in such a minimalist envelope that my mind remains attentive. So much to Say…🔸🔹🔸
『•』 Images, lights and mirrors 🌗
Without light, no images and perhaps also no life.
Without mirrors, no reflection.
To make a point or just contemplate the present moment, I like to take the time to turn on the lights in my eyes and observe the reflections of my life on my environment.
I observe my context and those I love and thus nourish the meaning I give to things.
What is changing around me ? What am I really attached to ?
I often hear that we are in control of our destiny, is it that obvious ? I mean, is that true for everyone I know ? Clearly, no….
I feel like a pilot who evolves with more or less audacity, courage and sometimes weaknesses in this world where facts and people come and go and sometimes disappear without my having any control over them.
Faced with this installation – #ulrichpolster – of suspended neon lights, my heart is shining and beating.
I feel the distance between heaven and earth of this vibrating mass.
I feel like I see pure energy like a dull, inner fire.
In my eyes, this work sets the stage for this exhibition which, I believe, questions the meaning I can give to the images of my memories and those of my imagination.
I often dialogue with them by projecting myself into the future 🧙
There is also a video installation, very poetic on a forest landscape that is discovered after the fog.
Then a film projected from the ceiling by 2 projectors on a plexiglass support in the middle of 2 mirrors – on which the dust marks the effect of time, it is very beautiful – which show a fresco in a chapel. 👉 Check the Story 😉 👆
Children’s voices echo in the church.
They are the ones who transported me to the artist. At that moment I grasped his distance, his patience and his non-judgmental look at..
…a world that can go slower than expected if I focus more on what I really care about and that actually makes me grow more than it holds me back.
What do You Care the most ? Does it hold You back ?
As promised to Kornel today… Even if it is late, two & twenty in the morning/night in Paris – I came back barely half and an hour ago ^^ – I post this pic of the exhibition (very ephemeral, 24 hours only…) from the 5th year diploma of @kornel_zezula at the #beauxartsdeparis
I have kept an eye on his work for some time now. I have seen him go from several portraits of women, successful self-portraits and of his brother under water that could be that of a huge lake, to this painting.
It is of a real couple irl that has played the game of shapes and embraces with the painter 👍
Kornel’s gesture, in my opinion, is linked to his memory of things and people. Btw, he speaks very well of that.
His painting seems to me to express also these feelings that he keeps for himself, even if he is apparently very accessible.
I have always seen strength in him, even when he decided to destroy several of his paintings 🙈 😅 with which he was no longer satisfied…
His gesture is lively and more immediate than it seems and I really like that in him.
When he sleeps little and lets his emotions run on the canvas without stopping them, without thinking too much, sometimes on sundays in the studio, the expressions on his faces are precise, dense and they each tell a true story.
None of his work leaves anyone who knows him and shares his studio indifferent – and there are talents around him there !
Here, I feel the struggle that is emancipating itself in him.
To you who reads me here, everyday, thank you for being there. Without you, sharing would be meaningless.
『•』Behind the curtain of Art Basel 💥
This print on canvas of #stevenschearer here beyond seeing again a superb car 😉 – about a recent post on Instagram – reminds me of a recent spectacular sale…
Steven gathering images of newspapers that they take back under printing as if he was dealing with archives.
The visual effect, especially since the canvas is quite large, makes me want to examine the details & the colors and pigmentation give film effect to me that can be watched…I feel like I see an image behind a 1970s camera.
A movie like the “film” I saw at one the last NYC auctions sales – The Rabbit – of #Jeffkoons.
By taking the figures from the last sales and comparing the information between them, I discovered that the race between the auction houses was very creative.
These operations are quite recent and very modern in my opinion:
A good international marketing – With timing & a Teaser – on each major sale has become a sine quanone condition to perform a sale.
But there are also levers to activate to present record figures. The idea of a record is an audible asset that attracts attention and facilitates the promotion of the – undeniable – know-how of these Houses.
For Jeff’s sale, Christie’s recently increased its commission rates.
The Rabbit was awarded $80 million – the same amount as the last #davidhockney record yes the same ^^ – plus the 11.1 million commissions revalued in a transparent way for those who look more closely at the market…
This allows to access a higher figure than David’s 😉 and claim a new record ✨
On occasion, I will tell you too about the commission rates in Art…
Concerning the buyer, it seems to be Steven Cohen, a collector trader accompanied by the gallery owner Robert E. Luchon, father of Donald Trump’s treasury secretary and ex Goldmansachs…
The world of finance and art as an investment are now fully linked to the contemporary art market ✓
Have a nice week-end !! & don t forget there is a contest in progress until sunday on my Instagram for The Jeu de Paume 😉 🔹🔸🔹
『•』 Looking back at the sales results 🗂️ in New York auctions, I am pleasantly surprised to see Sotheby’s restore, with remarkable mastery, a healthy balance on the prices of the artworks sold.
This has certainly, I think, also had the effect of increasing their overall sales.
It is a positive sign for the modern art market in my opinion and a signal for high-profile investors.
I could mention the spectacular prices that have punctuated the media coverage of the latter in art magazines/Reviews – a big thank you to the auction houses that sent me their reports 👌✨ –
But…I prefer to stress the fact that, apart from a few highly sought-after pieces more singular or rarely seen before, the prices of many modern and older artworks have become more realistic.
One of the medium- and long-term effects of this rebalancing is a greater assurance of having works that increase in value over time instead of stagnating, or even ending up being sold much later below their evaluation…
I always think of my artist friends whose current or future careers depend on these better regulated prices and of course also of my clients investors and collector friends in search of wonderful treasures…
To be continued !
By the way, the artwork on this pic is from #andreraffray & #marcelduchamp …It is about Chocolate 😉 What do You think it is ??