On the 17th, 18th and 19th of May 2019, Applicat-Prazan will, for the 3rd time, participate in the Paris Gallery Weekend with an exceptional hanging in its Right Bank gallery at 14 avenue Matignon 75008 Paris. On this occasion, the gallery will be showing two masterpieces by Roger-Edgar Gillet (1924-2004), an artist defended by the great critics Michel Tapié and Charles Estienne in the 50’s, and later by Jean Pollak, founder of the Galerie Ariel. Between 1952 and 1962, Gillet’s abstract and materialist paintings belong to what Tapié called “Un Art Autre”. In 1963, the artist returned to a more figurative form of expression. With an organic and mineral quality, his painting is identifiable by its shades and impasto. Gillet knew how to look at society with humour and derision. He represented it with the representation of unknown or famous characters, born of his imagination. Fantomatic, they are either represented alone at the centre of middle-sized paintings or in a crowd in large compositions such as these. The scenes can be tragic as in “Heaps of people”, or festive as in “La fête chez Pollak” or acid as in these two masterpieces that are reminiscent of works by Honoré Daumier and James Ensor. In 1977 and 1978, Gillet painted thirty paintings on the theme of justice. When questioned about this, he said he had once entered a courthouse by chance and had felt an irrepressible need to depict courtrooms. This series gives a new perspective on the judicial world and its actors. Curious sensations emanate from these two monumental paintings of 1977. They depict an atmosphere of confrontation with an ominous, dark, half-real, semi-informal world, a world from which the observer beholds the scene but who, in turn, is observed by the characters, the spectator is excluded, even though Justice is supposed to be rendered in his name...
This exhibition is at 14 Avenue Matignon, Paris 8e.
Saturday 18 May 2019 at 3:00 pm
Maître Emmanuel Pierrat will be signing Les Secrets de l’Affaire « J’accuse » by Maître Emmanuel Pierrat (Ed. Calmann-Lévy) at the gallery on the right bank, 14 avenue Matignon Paris 8e
Saturday 18 May 2019 at 10:30 am
A tour of Musée du Barreau de Paris by Maître Emmanuel Pierrat, chief curator
75006 Paris, France Applicat-Prazan Rive Droite
14, Avenue Matignon, 75008, Paris, France +33 (0) 1 43 25 39 24 www.applicat-prazan.com/fr
Bernard Prazan, an art-collector, founded his first gallery in 1989. Since its inception
Applicat-Prazan specialises exclusively in top quality paintings by Post-War European master painters : Jean-Michel Atlan, Karel Appel, Jean Dubuffet, Maurice Estève, Jean Fautrier, Hans Hartung, Auguste Herbin, Jean Hélion, Asger Jorn, Wifredo Lam, André Lanskoy, Alberto Magnelli, Alfred Manessier, André Masson, Georges Mathieu, Serge Poliakoff, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Gérard Schneider, Pierre Soulages, Nicolas de Staël, Victor Vasarely, Bram van Velde, Geer van Velde, Maria Elena Vieira da Silva, Wols, ou encore Zao Wou-Ki. In 2004 Bernard’s son, Franck Prazan, formerly Managing Director of Christie’s, took over the management of the gallery. Applicat-Prazan’s philosophy is as follows:
- Hyper-specialization which has led the gallery to concentrate uniquely on Post-War
European master painters
- A policy speci_cally adapted to the private collector who by de_nition takes a long term view of things, smoothing out the effects of speculation.
In 2017, Applicat-Prazan had the honour of being appointed by MoMA to accompany the Museum in the de-accessioning of 2 paintings. Applicat-Prazan exhibits at Tefaf Maastricht, Art Basel Hong Kong, Tefaf New York Spring, Art Basel, Frieze Masters, the Fiac and Art Basel Miami.
Jean Dubuffet / Maurice Estève / Jean Fautrier / Hans Hartung / Jean Hélion / Asger Jorn / Wifredo Lam / Alberto Magnelli / Alfred Manessier / André Masson / Georges Mathieu / Serge Poliakoff / Jean-Paul Riopelle / Pierre Soulages / Nicolas de Staël / Maria Elena Vieira da Silva / Wols / Zao Wou-Ki