GALERIE GEORGES-PHILIPPE ET NATHALIE VALLOIS Art Basel 2017
This 2017 edition of Art Basel is the opportunity to showcase Masterpieces from the French avant-gardes of the 60s. Among them : Jacques Villeglé that the gallery has been representing for the past twenty years; Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, whose Estates the gallery rep
To start with, one of the highlights of our booth are two exceptionnal and early « Reliefs Tirs » by Niki de Saint Phalle. This series of performance paintings done with a ri e at the very beginning of the 60’s instantly made the young woman internationally famous. Another work is Radio WNYR 10 by Jean Tinguely, Niki’s life lover, which is one of the biggest mural radio pieces he created. This speci c work was rst presented at Sidney Janis’ gallery in New York in 1962. Le Nouveau Demours is a striking example of the “Lettre Lacérée“ series from Jacques Villeglé, revealed on the occasion of his very rst show. Initially exhibited as a polyptych set and directly presented on the ground, it has later in the 60s been divided in four distinct artworks two of them being in Centre Georges-Pompidou (Paris) and Mumok (Vienna) collections. A large diptych by Alain Jacquet from the Images d’Épinal series (1962) recall by its title it was inspired by these small illuminated engravings popularised by peddlers in the 19th century. After several preparatory drawings, starting from an image and ending into a set of abstract forms, the result revealed itself in a monumental painting of shimmering colours. The gigantic Seita matchbox by Raymond Hains is another iconic work from the 60’ that has been held in private hands for decades. Hains, in his series Seita (French match brand) and Saffa (Italian match brand) imagined a ironical ction in which two conceptual artists would have a unique “oeuvre” composed of different size match boxes. The fascinating golden Expansion n°1 by César, is an outstanding exemple of when he allowed the material to performe the role of a sculptor. This piece will be loaned to the Centre Georges-Pompidou for his retrospective by the end of 2017. Last but not least, the beautiful mural «germination» by Young Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira will create a dazzling organic contrast with the chemical aspect of César’s expansion.