WINTER 2019 EXHIBITING GALLERIES
Man Ray (1890 - 1976)
Pittura Murale, 1975
Acrylic on masonite
19 ¾ x 27 ½ in, 50 x 70 cm
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Olivier Malingue was founded on London's New Bond Street in 2016 to bring key historical works into contemporary curatorial frameworks. With access to a wide range of Impressionist, Modern, Surrealist, Post-war and Contemporary works, the gallery presents a considered exhibition programme which intelligently combines works from different historical contexts.
Through his programme, Olivier Malingue builds on over twenty years of expertise dealing with key pieces by internationally acclaimed masters from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Olivier Malingue is pleased to present L'Empreinte, a group exhibition including works by: Eric Baudart, Brassaï, by Ohne Titel, Cai Guo-Qiang, Adrien Dax, Oscar Domínguez, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Sam Francis, David Hammons, Georges Hugnet, György Kepes, Yves Klein, Glenn Ligon, Heinz Mack, Meret Oppenheim, Wolfgang Paalen, Gina Pane, Roland Penrose, Man Ray, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Antoni Tàpies, ThuVan Tran, Raoul Ubac, Christåopher Wool.
The imagery we often associate with the term "imprint" is the one of a feral stamp, left without intention on a path by "someone or something". The mark on the soil becomes proof of a past presence, while making the viewer an indirect witness of its passage.
An imprint can also be made with strategic intent, as a product emanating pre-determined visual references. This meaning of the term illustrates the different possibilities the imprinting process can materialise. Its purpose can be ephemeral or permanent, physical or abstract; its goal to forge values, make socio-political statements or report personal experiences.
Handprints are still among the most archaic ways known to humans to leave an intentional sign on a surface. However, in the exhibition at Olivier Malingue, imprint-related processes, techniques and mediums allow a wide range of alternatives in relation to the development of an artistic body of work. Featuring works that are the result of direct imprints on a surface or the representation of visual narratives associated to the domain of the imprint, the exhibition focuses on how the act and the imagery of the imprint has had an impact on modern and contemporary art.