GaleristesLe Carreau du Temple, Paris18/10/2019 - 20/10/2019
Some people have said that Jean-Pierre Bertrand was the ‘Robinson of art,’ referring both to his unique position as an important artist who always stayed on the fringes of the art world, and the genesis of his oeuvre. Indeed, while Jean-Pierre Bertrand started off his career in cinema, Daniel Defoe’s novel inspired him his very first works – filmic and photographic installations that he realised in the mid-1960s. They soon gave way to drawings, paintings and sculptures in the 1970s, which were all sensorial emanations of his various readings, and notably the impact of certain words on his imagination. He made these new Works with what would eventually become his materials of predilection: lemons, honey, and salt. These elements of vegetal, animal and mineral origins, respectively, allowed Jean-Pierre Bertrand to conceive a singular, alchemic visual lexicon, further feeding unpasted pieces of paper with flows of precious substances, before framing the resulting compositions within metal and glass. Following major exhibitions that succeeded one another from 1981 on (ARC, Centre Pompidou, Documenta in Kassel, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Carré d’art in Nîmes…), Jean-Pierre Bertrand was chosen, in 1999, to occupy the French pavilion at the 48th Venice Biennale, which he filled with rubble, gold and citrons.