Un Art Autre: Abstraction in Postwar Paris

Un Art Autre Levy Gorvy

Un art autre centres on the innovative reassessments of abstraction that emerged in postwar Paris. Un art autre, a term meaning ‘Art of another kind’ was coined by legendary art critic and curator Michel Tapié in 1952. The artists involved provided a distinctively European parallel to the American Abstract Expressionist movement. This exhibition will offer an insight into the allure of Paris in the 1950s and ’60s: a hub of cross-cultural exchange, intellectual activity, and artistic re-invention. It will explore the works by artists Sam Francis, Joan Mitchell, Jean Paul Riopelle, Pierre Soulages, and Zao Wou-Ki.

Un art autre will feature an outstanding painting from 1956/58 by Sam Francis on loan from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St Louis, titled Arcueil after the location of the artist’s studio in Paris. This will be the first time the work is exhibited in the UK in sixty years, since The New American Painting at the Tate Gallery, a landmark exhibition organised by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, which travelled internationally in 1958-1959. Joan Mitchell’s Untitled (1957) will be another highlight of the exhibition. Made at a pivotal point in her career, this bold and significant work is exemplary of the energetic brushstrokes that are iconic in Mitchell’s oeuvre. Un art autre will also include exceptional paintings by Francis and Riopelle, both on loan from the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Høvikodden, Norway, and Abstraction (Orange) (1952), a masterwork by Riopelle from the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon which will be exhibited for the first time in the UK. The exhibition will celebrate the singular contributions made to abstraction in this vibrant moment.


Duration 26 April 2019 - 05 July 2019
Times Tuesday–Saturday: 10am–6pm
Cost Free
Venue Levy Gorvy Dayan
Address Empress Club, 35 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NQ
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