Nahmad Contemporary and Perrotin Hong Kong have announced an exhibition by the late French artist Georges Mathieu. Known as one of the founders of Lyrical Abstraction, an art movement that developed post-World War II, Mathieu created bold, calligraphic works based on the principle that “signs could precede their meanings.” The exhibition features Mathieu’s works from the ’80s, showcasing the artist’s vehement gestures, explosions of paint, broken lines and contrastive colors.
Early in his career, Mathieu drew a parallel between Chinese calligraphy and his own work, noting that they shared the characteristic of spontaneity. He explained that this lyrical, non-figurative style of painting underwent the same “processes” as Chinese calligraphy, embodying the artist’s “ecstatic state” in the absence of “preexistence of form” and “premeditation of gesture.” His works display severe splashes of color done in a manner that is both deliberate and unrestrained. Kazuo Shiraga, a Japanese avant-garde artist, stated that this new form of Action Painting “reveals the scream of matter itself, cries of paint and enamel.”
The presentation of Mathieu’s works at Perrotin marks the first time an exhibition has been dedicated to the artist in Hong Kong, and pays tribute to his links with Asia. Take a look at select works from the show in the gallery above. The exhibition will be on view to the public from November 21 to December 21.
Perrotin Hong Kong
50 Connaught Rd
Central, Hong Kong
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#Repost @galerieperrotin ・・・ Visit our booth dedicated to French painter Georges Mathieu at #FriezeMasters this week! Founder of Lyrical Abstraction, Georges Mathieu is considered a pioneer of Action Painting, and public performances. During the 1950s, Mathieu executed large canvases in front of audiences all around the world. Often compared to Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, or Zao Wou-Ki, his work has left its mark on the history of painting. Our booth (C15) features a selection of Georges Mathieu's historically relevant works, as well as paintings from the 70’s and 80’s, showcasing the evolution of his oeuvre. — ? Frieze Masters, Regent’s Park, London Booth C15 ? 3 – 6 October, 2019 — #GeorgesMathieu #FriezeArtFair #FriezeWeek #FriezeLondon #NahmadContemporary #Perrotin — – Georges Mathieu, 'L'écartèlement de François Ravaillac, assassin du roi de France Henri IV, le 27 mai 1610, à Paris en place de Grève', 1960. Oil on canvas. unframed : 248 x 398 cm | 97 5/8 x 156 11/16 inch. © Georges Mathieu / ADAGP, Paris & ARS, New York, 2019 – Views of Perrotin's booths at Frieze Masters, London, 2019. Photograph: Claire Dorn.