Acteur is Bernard Piffaretti’s 4th solo exhibition at galerie frank elbaz. After art studies at the school of Fine Arts in Saint-Etienne from 1973 to 1979, he began to elaborate his “Piffaretti system”, fixed in 1986. This protocol is at the origin of every work he produces: each is composed of two panels apparently identical, separated by a vertical strip ; one of the two parts is an attempt to duplicate the other, made beforehand. Once both panels are finished, the distinction between the copy and the original tends to fade. As the artist admits himself, “the repetition, act by act, on the second half of the canvas, can only produce an imperfect image”: Piffaretti’s system aims at showing us this impossible reproduction of the artistic gesture. In some works, the second part is even left irremediably blank, because of the complexity of the shapes painted.
galerie frank elbaz opened its doors in 2002 in Paris. In 2016, the gallery inaugurated a second space in Dallas, Texas. Since its creation, the gallery celebrates French (Davide Balula, Bernard Piffaretti) and American artists (Jay DeFeo, Sheila Hicks, William Leavitt, Ari Marcopoulos, Mungo Thomson, Blair Thurman). The gallery also offers insight into the Japanese scene, exhibiting artists such as Kaz Oshiro and Taro Shinoda. Thanks to its long standing collaboration with artist Julije Knifer, the gallery has rediscovered the Zagreb conceptual scene. galerie frank elbaz is also committed to support emerging artists.
Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili • Jean-Michel Atlan • Davide Balula • Wallace Berman • Leo Chesneau • Jay DeFeo • Ja’Tovia Gary • Tomislav Gotovac • Sheila Hicks • Julije Knifer • William Leavitt • Mangelos • Ari Marcopoulos • Kaz Oshiro • Bernard Piffaretti • Dmitri Prigov • Stefan Rinck • Madeleine Roger-Lacan • Taro Shinoda • Mladen Stilinovic • Blair Thurman • Mungo Thomson