A taste for celebration!
In Alain Séchas' latest paintings, we have fun, we party! Cats are plunged into an effervescent bath of urbanity, with a typically Parisian decor. Here, a glass roof tops the Grand Palais' picture rails. There, a vast hall evokes that of the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris. The artist takes us on a tour of the art world's chic openings and parties. People crowd into a museum, a fair or in huge Haussmannian salons. One wanders between works and picture rails, greeting each other, chatting, being ecstatic, laughing and buzz with their backs to the paintings, spying on each other. It's like the week of the FIAC. Indeed, this exhibition art through its medium, which the artist stages in an often comical way in his everyday drawings and in a distanced or allusive way in his paintings. For Séchas, the world of painting and the painting of the world are inseparable. But in the current situation of a pandemic lack of social life, this elitist worldly fresco takes a strange, provocative and ironic turn. The exhibition and the Cocktails series in particular bring their share of novelties to Séchas' universe: the crowd, the animation and the variety of expressions of creatures the subject matter; an exacerbated pictoriality for the plastic treatment. The artist pulls out all the stops! First of all, it is the festive atmosphere that striking. The Cocktails cover the theme of the worldliness of art in some 24 paintings: from the museum opening to the paintings: from the straightforward museum opening, adorned with disdainful faces, to the after party, where everything comes undone, people and scenery, figures and backgrounds. The series thus composes a sociological chronicle of the art world, focusing on its social forms and festive rituals, but in the Sechassian manner of a satirical comedy: these paintings like a hall of mirrors of a codified world. The series can also be read as an illustrated ledger of the ritual of art. A whole programme... A programme of
an environment where worldliness is part of professional life. Fleurs & Cocktails also takes the form of a decorative cycle, like those of the
but with a satirical reinterpretation of the great themes of art, money and power, of which the series of Flowers on Canvas and Paper are a fitting ornament. The subject matter seems provocative or inappropriate in these times of social pandemic.
(Extract) Anne Bonnin, Le gout de la fête, March 2021
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A graduate of the Beaux Arts de Lyon in 1990, Laurent Godin worked for several years with the gallery owner Roger Pailhas, in Marseille and then in Paris. In 1993, alongside Pontus Hulten, he was in charge of the sculpture park "Devant le Futur" in South Korea. Between 2000 and 2005, he was appointed Director of the Centre of contemporary art in Lyon. Convinced by his experiences of the essential role of galleries for artists, he founded his own gallery in 2005, with only the trust and support of many artists. It opened in the Marais, before moving in 2017 to a large 500 m2 space in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, outside the classic gallery circuit. An invitation to take time, to rethink the relationship with works and exhibitions. The programme focuses on
on emerging and established artists, working with different media and participating in the discussion and the debate on contemporary art with a
particular focus on political and socio-cultural fields. The Galerie Laurent Godin also represents its artists in the most important international art fairs.
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Scoli Acosta • Sylvie Auvray Peter Buggenhout • Hsia-Fei Chang Claude Closky • Delphine Coindet Marc Couturier • Paul Czerlitzki Philippe Durand • Sven ‘T Jolle • David Kramer • Alexandre et Florentine Lamarche-Ovize • Gonzalo Lebrija Vincent Olinet • Marilou Poncin • Mika Rottenberg • Hugues Reip • Delphine Reist • Henrik Samuelsson • Alain Séchas • Gérard Traquandi • Haim Steinbach • Alan Vega • Wang Du Yarisal & Kublitz