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After his first American solo exhibition « Momentum » at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York, during Spring 2019, Guillaume Bresson will be making his return in Paris with his fourth exhibition at Galerie Nathalie Obadia. The painter was noticed at the beginning of his practice during the exhibition « Dynasty » at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2010, as he uses pictorial techniques inherited from the Renaissance, which he applies to battle scenes in parking lots and outskirt towns. He returns now with a series of ambiguous paintings, which echo tensions over a more and more globalized contemporary world : migrations, sexual inequalities, class struggles… The urban field, always present and underlying in all of the artist’s representations, becomes now secondary as the scenes take place in dawning woods, violent waves or a fun fair in a wasteland in the North of France. Guillaume Bresson’s grisaille and colorful chiaroscuros evoke Caravaggio, Poussin, as well as Mohammed Bourouissa or Jeff Wall whereas his complex universe throws back as much to Edouard Louis’s stories to Bruno Dumont’s movies or to David Simon’s mythical series « the Wire », with paintings skilfully orchestrated into choreographical compositions.
City of stars - Rodrigo Matheus
Galerie Nathalie Obadia is very pleased to present Rodrigo Matheus’s first exhibition at the Paris gallery. Following a fruitful collaboration with the Brussels gallery in 2016, this new exhibition confirms the importance of this artist on the European artist scene. The Brazilian artist Rodrigo Matheus was born in São Paulo in 1974. A graduate of the prestigious University of São Paulo and of the Royal College of Art in London, Rodrigo Matheus has benefited from numerous exhibitions in Brazil, North America and shortly in Europe.
Sculptures, installations and works on paper punctuate Rodrigo Matheus’s pratice since several years. The sculptures, like the paper pieces, function through the displacement and reorganization of ordinary ob- jects. They create close encounters between the most unusual and antagonistic objects imaginable, such as the cut off hand of a mannequin, the rear-view mirror of a bicycle, or a peacock feather. Their unexpected association illustrates the artist’s cherished principle of “circulation of materials.” Rodrigo Matheus likes to create dialogues between objects which together take on new dimensions, surpassing the habitual uses of one and the other constituent parts. For his latest works on paper, Rodrigo Matheus has appropriated several documents dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century mentioning commercial transactions. These documents are suspended from delicate threads pinned to the back of the frame and juxtaposed in different compositions. These paper architectures superimpose the documents and, in a poetic way, create overlapping between the potentially intimate stories. This metaphorical connection between Rodrigo Matheus’ paper sculptures and the world of work, which struggles to liberate itself from cumbersome administrative procedures, reveals the subversive dimension of his creative process, which shares conceptual and formal elements with the cubist compositions of the German artist, Kurt Schwitters (1887-1948) who revolutionized collage techniques in his time.
After examining the logbook, the doctors assume they are dealing with the plague - Shahpour Pouyan
Galerie Nathalie Obadia is very pleased to present the second solo exhibition in France of the work of Shahpour Pouyan.
Shahpour Pouyan was born in Isfahan in 1979, a year marked by the Islamic Revolution in Iran, and grew up in Tehran in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War. He currently lives and works between New York and Tehran.
Shahpour Pouyan’s practice re ects on the workings of political power, domination and possession through the language of cultural material and forms. Through his drawings, installations and sculptures, he tackles a bifurcated experience of life in Iran and in the U.S., creating a large and signi cant body of work that draws on a wide range of in uences, from traditions of Persian art and Iranian culture to the work of visionary architects such as Etienne Louis Boullée or Claude Nicolas Ledoux. Just as the miniatures harness the profound in uence of the past and tradition to produce abstract images divested of the human form, the sculptures represent an abandoned future built on the historical fundamentals of a past and futuristic architecture.
Shahpour Pouyan presents several miniatures based on a selection of Persian miniatures depicting scenes from the ascension of Prophet Muhammad. By removing gures, aureoles, and other unreal elements of these miniatures, he transforms them into abstract images or simple architectural scenes. These modi ed miniatures are subsequently printed on Japanese rice paper, and the prints are further enhanced with gilding and the addition of paint and other media.
Saturday 18 May 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Opening of Shahpour Pouyan (in Espace II)
Saturday 18 May 2019 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Opening of Guillaume Bresson’s exhibition
Sunday 19 May 2019 at 3:00 pm
Guided tour with artist Rodrigo Matheus
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Since 1993 in Paris and 2008 in Brussels, Galerie Nathalie Obadia has been exhibiting international emerging and established artists such as Rina Banerjee, Lorna Simpson and Jessica Stockholder. In the past years, Brook Andrew, Fabrice Hyber, Laure Prouvost, Andres Serrano, Mickalene Thomas, Jérôme Zonder and Benoît Maire also joined the gallery. Involved in the rediscovery of emblematical artists such as Wang Keping, Martin Barré, Josep Grau-Garriga, Shirley Jaffe, Eugène Leroy, Sarkis and Agnès Varda, the gallery accompanies the artists into numerous institutional exhibitions in France and abroad. 2015-2018 selection: Rina Banerjee at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Martin Barré at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (retrospective); Laure Prouvost at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Manuel Ocampo at Pavilion of the Philippines, 57th Venice Biennale, Arsenale; Sarkis at Pavillion of Turkey, 56th Venezia Biennale; Andres Serrano at the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris.
Brook Andrew / Edgar Arceneaux / Rina Banerjee / Martin Barré / Nú Barreto / Valérie Belin / Carole Benzaken / Guillaume Bresson / Rosson Crow / Luc Delahaye / Jean Dewasne / Patrick Faigenbaum / Roland Flexner / Josep Grau-Garriga / Fabrice Hyber / Shirley Jaffe Estate / Seydou Keïta / Sophie Kuijken / Eugène Leroy / Lu Chao / Benoît Maire / Rodrigo Matheus / Meuser / Youssef Nabil / Manuel Ocampo / Enoc Perez / Shahpour Pouyan / Laure Prouvost / Jorge Queiroz / Fiona Rae Sarkis / Andres Serrano / Lorna Simpson / Jessica Stockholder / Mickalene Thomas / Joris Van de Moortel / Agnès Varda / Wang Keping / Brenna Youngblood / Ni Youyu / Xu Zhen by MadeIn Company / Jérôme Zonder