Yvon Lambert

Bertrand Lavier

23 Nov - 23 Dec 2010

© Bertrand Lavier
Polk City 2, 2010
neon tubes
79 x 94 x 6 1/2 in (200.7 x 238.8 x 16.5 m)
23 November – 23 December, 2010

Yvon Lambert is pleased to announce Bertrand Lavier!s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, his first exhibition at Yvon Lambert New York. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on November 23 from 6-8pm and will be on view until December 23, 2010. The internationally acclaimed artist is featured in prominent collections around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, Museo d!Arte Contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli, Italy, Musée du Louvre, Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva. In 2012, the artist will have a major solo retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
A contemporary of Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager, Bertrand Lavier (b.1949, Chatillon-surSeine, France) is one of the most innovative and influential French artists of his generation. Celebrated for his works that encourage the viewer to consider the distinctions between art and reality, he is best known for his work with readymades. Lavier seeks to elevate the everyday object to the status of an artwork as he explores the complex relationship between the mundane and the artistic. The artist presents objects as works of art, strategically manipulating the items while still adhering to their intended aesthetic. For Lavier, the appropriation of images and objects is key, as this allows him to destabilize the viewer!s expectations and reevaluate the status of the object in society.
For this exhibition, Lavier has designed the formal and conceptual context in which his works are displayed. Using Frank Stella's minimalist stripe paintings as inspiration, Lavier presents four works from a series initiated in 2004. Lavier reconceptualizes Stella!s paintings in neon, thus preserving the fundamental basis of the paintings while creating a new aesthetic interpretation. By presenting these paintings in neon, a material that references marketing and technology, the artist relinquishes an aspect of the artwork to the world of communication and design. This is exemplary of his artistic practice, as Lavier repurposes works to reveal new meanings. The usage of Stella!s works, vital to minimalist art historical discourse, mirrors the significance of Lavier!s own practice in contemporary art.

Tags: Christian Boltanski, Bertrand Lavier, Annette Messager, Frank Stella