Brigitte Aubignac at Pierre-Alain Challier Gallery
Brigitte Aubignac introduced into her paintings a feminist irony usually more common in literature.His Gouache Series Room Presenting an imaginary museum full of ancient and modern statues, from Sumer to Degas and Rodin, from Africa to Giacometti and Pop, under cool blue lighting. Almost all women, often naked, they become symbols of love, lust or fertility, just as they have been portrayed for centuries: stereotypes. It is therefore not insignificant that Louise Bourgeois’s vengeful spider stretched its black legs over these bronzes and marbles. The outdoor scenes are no slouch either. This time we found the statue in a public garden. They seem about to come to life, alluding to the myth of Pygmalion, unless they are, instead, creatures captured by petrification in agreed heroic or erotic poses. Aubignac places others in still lifes, under withered flowers. Thus, she alludes to the history of the female figure through allusion. Philip Duggan
“Statues etc”. Pierre-Alain Challier Gallery, 8, rue Debelleyme, Paris 3electronic. until February 25.
Rachel Whiteread, Phyllida Barlow and Alison Wilding at Gagosian Gallery
The “Hurly-burly” (French “tohu-bohu”) of this title, is taken from the passage where the three witches appear macbethShakespeare’s works have the charm of a unique trio of British female sculptors. Rachel Whiteread, Phyllida Barlow and Alison Wilding were longtime colleagues and friends – the last two met in 1969 and were teachers they first met in 1982 – but this is the first time they have exhibited together. It was Rachel Whiteread who took the opportunity of a Paris fashion show to invite her accomplices. Each created new works themselves and selected old ones over the course of a year to better show and choreograph them in Paris.So it’s not so much a conversation as a desire ” celebrate [leurs] difference, as opposed to a themed exhibition”, They sum up. In the work of Phyllida Barlow, the brutality of the material questions the fragility of the work of art’s place in the struggle of matter and existence. Alison Wilding mixes delicacy and dissonance in her abstract yet subtle material combinations. Rachel Whiteread Sunglasses transform everyday details and shapes into sketchy poetic stories. Live together happily and keep your promises. Emmanuel Giardone
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