• Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

  • Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

  • Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

  • Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

  • Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

  • Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

  • Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

  • Installation view, Pierre Soulages: A Century, Lévy Gorvy, New York, 2019. Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

Pierre Soulages: A CenturyExhibition

New York
September 5 - October 26, 2019

 

Opening Reception:

Thursday, September 5, 6-8PM

 

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Pierre Soulages: A Century

Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce Pierre Soulages: A Century, an exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of France’s foremost living artist through a presentation of works spanning his career from the 1950s to today. On view from September 5 through October 26, 2019, this focused survey explores the artist’s enduring role in the dialogue between European and American painting and invites viewers to consider the impact of a practice that has injected profound poetry into radical abstraction through its adherence to a single material: black paint.

Filling all three floors of Lévy Gorvy’s landmark building at 909 Madison Avenue, Pierre Soulages: A Century is a prelude to Homage to Soulages, the artist’s solo exhibition at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, opening in December 2019. Curated by the late Pierre Encrevé, art historian and author of the Soulages catalogue raisonné, and Alfred Pacquement, the Honorary General Curator and former Director of the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre exhibition marks one of the very few times in the revered institution’s history that the Salon Carré has been entirely devoted to the presentation of work by a single living artist—an unparalleled honor.

Bringing together seminal paintings from the 1950s and 1960s that were either first exhibited in America or now reside in major American collections, the exhibition charts Soulages’s sustained investigation of abstraction — “a poetic experience,” he once wrote, that “signifies the world by transfiguring it”— from his early inspired encounters with the New York School to his continued innovations today. Also on view will be exceptional examples from Soulages’s Outrenoir series initiated in 1979. Translating to “beyond black,” outrenoir describes works in which dense layers of pigment record subtle shifts in ambient light. Thus incorporating darkness and radiance, each canvas invites the viewer to actively ponder the dynamics of repetition and change that structure Soulages’s oeuvre. “Outrenoir is not an optical phenomenon,” the artist has said. “It’s a mental state that you reach when you look deep into it, it’s beyond black.”

Pierre Soulages: A Century at Lévy Gorvy will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog with new essays by Alfred Pacquement and American art critic Brooks Adams.

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Selected Works

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  • Pierre Soulages. Peinture 195 x 130 cm, 30 octobre 1957

    Pierre Soulages
    Peinture 195 x 130 cm, 30 octobre 1957
    1957
    Oil on canvas
    76 3/4 x 51 3/16 inches (195 x 130 cm)
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Morton G. Neumann, 1979.67.1
    © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • Pierre Soulages. Peinture 165 x 130 cm, 25 juillet 2017

    Pierre Soulages
    Peinture 165 x 130 cm, 25 juillet 2017
    2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    65 x 51 3/16 inches (165 x 130 cm)
    © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    Photo: Arthus Boutin

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  • Pierre Soulages. Peinture 92 x 73 cm, 27 février 1989

    Pierre Soulages
    Peinture 92 x 73 cm, 27 février 1989
    1989
    Oil on canvas
    36 1/4 x 28 3/4 inches (92 x 73 cm)
    © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein

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  • Pierre Soulages. Peinture 222 x 137 cm, Printemps 1980

    Pierre Soulages
    Peinture 222 x 137 cm, Printemps 1980
    1980
    Oil on canvas
    87 7/16 x 53 15/16 inches (222 x 137 cm)
    © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
    Photo: Tom Powel Imaging

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An Interview with Pierre Soulages, 2019

November 19, 2019

Pierre Soulages is interviewed by Elizabeth Quin for the TV program "28 minutes" on Arte, ahead of his 2019 solo exhibition at the Louvre, and following his recent exhibition at Lévy Gorvy.

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