Contemporary French Art 2

Gérard Garouste, Colette Deblé, Georges Rousse, Geneviève Asse, Martial Raysse, Christian Jaccard, Joël Kermarrec, Danièle Perronne, Daniel Dezeuze, Philippe Favier, Daniel Nadaud

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Gérard Garouste, Colette Deblé, Georges Rousse, Geneviève Asse, Martial Raysse, Christian Jaccard, Joël Kermarrec, Danièle Perronne, Daniel Dezeuze, Philippe Favier, Daniel Nadaud: after the eleven essays of Contemporary French Art 1, devoted to major artists from Ben Vautier and Niki de Saint Phalle to Annette Messager and Gérard Titus-Carmel, the present volume pursues its interrogations of the what, the how and the why of contemporary plastic production of some of France’s finest practitioners. If, as ever, such production can reveal elements of an interweaving of individualized preoccupations and modes, endless specificities demarcate and affirm originalities that pure theory and its leveling anonymity may obscure. Thus is it that Gérard Garouste is alone in that obsession with ‘indianness’ and ‘classicalness’; that Colette Deblé’s gesture is drawn implacably to the unseenness of female representation; that Georges Rousse plunges photography into the realm of matter’s poetic sacredness; that Geneviève Asse traverses a pure seemingness of abstraction to attain to an intimacy of silence; that Martial Raysse’s ‘hygiene of vision’ may endlessly renew and hybridize itself. Christian Jaccard, too, will explore with uniqueness an art of materiality at the frontier of metaphysics; Joël Kermarrec will offer us the inimitable exquisite traces of surging desire and deception; Danièle Perronne’s boxes and stringings, her paintings and her sheetings will unfold a psychic infinity at the heart of form. And, if Daniel Dezeuze seeks namelessness and pure structuration, the latter yet surge forth via works that relentlessly identify a gesture so distant, we may feel, from the at once sobering and ceremonial microproliferations of a Philippe Favier or the tense but genial articulations of Daniel Nadaud’s sculptural imagination.

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Michael Bishop’s most recent books include Altérités d’André du Bouchet: de Hugo, Shakespeare et Poussin à Celan, Mandelstam et Giacometti and The Endless Theory of Days: The Art and Poetry of Gérard Titus-Carmel, as well as translations of works by Yves Bonnefoy, Salah Stétié and Jean-Paul Michel.
Preface
Unrepresenting Meaning: Gérard Garouste
Windows Upon the Unseen: Colette Deblé
The Light of Death, a Sacredness of Doing: Georges Rousse
The Intimacy of Silence: Geneviève Asse
Hygiene, Thought, Quest, Consent: Martial Raysse
The Endless Imprinting of Being: Christian Jaccard
Desire and Deception, the Metonymies of Artifice: Joël Kermarrec
The Plastic Life of the Psyche: Danièle Perronne
Structure and Aeration, Freedom and the Unnameable: Daniel Dezeuze
Proliferation, Mutation, Phantasm, the Ceremony of the Real: Philippe Favier
The Art of War and Peace: Daniel Nadaud
Conclusion
Selected Bibliography