Jean-Pierre Raynaud
French, born 1939
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Urban and Street Art Prints | Nextstreet LAB,
NextStreet Gallery
2015
Group Show,
Galerie Laurent Strouk
Group Show,
Galerie Laurent Strouk

Since 1962, when he filled a flowerpot with cement, declared it art, and quit his gardening job, Jean-Pierre Raynaud has been transforming everyday objects into charged symbols of such universal and fraught human experiences as loneliness, illness, death, nationalism, belief, war, disaster, and belonging. He had his first exhibition in 1964, an installation of his “Psycho-objects” (1964-68), pieces of luggage, photographs of mentally disturbed patients, hospital objects, and his ever-present flowerpots, which evoked the death of Modernism and ferment of contemporary life. With their bold, often primary colors and mass-market references, his sculptures and installations align with Pop art. Among Raynaud’s best-known projects is La Maison (Home) (1968-93), a 25-year endeavor in which he covered every surface of his own home with pristine white, gridded tiles, eventually demolishing the …

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