Choosing is a beautiful exercise in which, no doubt, good and bad reasons are combined. Long-frequented and beloved artists Philippe Parreno, Alain Séchas, Dewar and Gicquel, Trisha Donelly, Jean-Marie Appriou, Marguerite Humeau; those who we haven’t had the chance to know, or too little, and who we admire, David Hammons, Wolfgang Tillmans ; those who we have followed a little and hope to continue to: Sammy Baloji, Mohamed Bourouissa, Leonor Antunes, Liz Magor, Ashley Hans Scheirl;those who we’re discovering and imprudently banking on, based on a handful of great images Ana Silva, Sandra Gamarra, Marie Losier; those who we blame ourselves for not having followed sooner and supported; and others, some caprices, and loyal friendships…
Why pretend to be more rigorous and abandon emotion? All of these artists, whose talents I’ve wished to highlight in this selection request, are inventors and poets. None of them disappoint me, each one deserves our gaze and while I have various reasons to love them, they all share this characteristic of being explorers, passionate seekers, and of managing to combine within their works the quest for a deep meaning and an unexpected form. I am not wrong!
Jean de Loisy
Jean de Loisy is the Director of the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was President of the Palais de Tokyo from 2011 to 2018, and has occupied different functions in various cultural institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris or the Cartier Foundation. As part of his curatorial activities, Jean de Loisy has participated in number of international events such as the Venice Biennial in 1993 and 2011, or the Gwangju Biennial in 1995, along with historical exhibitions of which ‘Hors Limites – l’art et la vie’ (1995) and ‘Traces du sacré’ at the Centre Pompidou (2008) or ‘La Beauté’ in Avignon (2000), ‘Monumenta/Anish Kapoor’ at the Grand Palais (2011), ’Les Maîtres du Désordre’ (2012) at the Musée du Quai Branly, ‘Formes simples’ at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (2014), ‘A Brief History of the Future’ at Musée du Louvre (2015) and ‘Monumenta/Huang Yong Ping’ at the Grand Palais (2016).
Crédit photo : Renaud Monfourny