until 29.02. | #2673ARTatBerlin | Galerie Max Hetzler shows from 17th January 2020 the exhibition Advertisement For A Better World by the French artist duo Tursic & Mille in the gallery rooms Goethestraße.
(The exhibition description is currently only available in German.)
“Painting cannot be a fxed and patented gesture. It must be alive, refexive, in perpetual motion. Painting must be open to all the potentials ofered by its practice. Painting must be opportunistic and must keep self-awareness.”
– Tursic & Mille
The work of artist duo Tursic & Mille expresses a deep engagement with today’s forms of image representation and a sustained interest in what the medium of painting can be today. The artists bring together an awareness of art history with a wide spectrum of anonymous imagery, including flm scenes, pornography, fowers, landscapes, and animals, which they collect from various media. Often alienated by overlapping layers of paint or interrupted by abstract patterns their paintings and sculptures deal with the manipulation, re-utilisation and disappearance of images, especially in the current age of endless visual data replication.
In their second solo exhibition at Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin, Tursic & Mille present a selection of new canvases and cut out wood sculptures as well as an almost 17 m long installation, hung in several connected parts along the back wall of the gallery space. These new works combine fgures found in 1950s advertisements, praising alcohol and tobacco, with elements from landscape painting, food or precisely portrayed dog breeds, irregularly layered by vivid abstract dashes and twirls. The artists delve into the overload of images circulating through present media, transforming and recycling the collected into the traditional medium of painting.
“Every technique is there, every possible touch, every style, sometimes on one and the same canvas, every conceivable manner of painting, and every angle. Every genre, too: portrait, landscape, abstraction, geometric shapes, optical experiments. These artists’ canvases summon up the history of painting, but in a discreet way, the whole past of painting in all its forms, and they bring it into our present, the present of the Internet, where they fnd their image market, the market of flm, advertising, and fashion magazines.”
(Virginie Vuillaume, 2011)
Ida Tursic (*1974 in Belgrade) and Wilfried Mille (*1974 in Boulognesur-mer) live and work in the South of France. Their work was presented in solo exhibitions at important institutions, such as the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Dole; FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand and Le musee de Serignan, among others. They participated in several group shows, most recently at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Limoges (both 2019); Centre Pompidou-Metz (2018); FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (2017 and 2015); Palazzo Cavour, Torino (2014); ME-Collectors Room, Berlin (2011); Centre Pompidou at Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg (2010). Tursic and Mille’s work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Le Consortium, Dijon; Berardo Museum, Lisbon; Frances Foundation, Senlis and National collection of Contemporary Art-FNAC, Paris, among others. A solo exhibition at Le Portique in Le Havre is scheduled for April 2020.
At the same time, the exhibition The Ballad of William N. Copley by the artist William N. Copley will be opened at Galerie Max Hetzler, Bleibtreustraße 45 in Charlottenburg. This exhibition runs until 7 March 2020.
William N. Copley (1919-1996) is known for his unique and laconic way of portraying society’s common absurdities, often underlined with his own peculiar slapstick humour. Copley started as an art collector and dealer in the 1940s and quickly got to know Surrealist pioneers such as Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and Max Ernst. After a brief detour of running a gallery in California, Copley decided to follow a career as an artist himself, signing his works with the pseudonym CPLY. Together with Man Ray, he left California for Paris in 1951.
The Ballad of William N. Copley is part of a trio of coordinated international exhibitions that will present major series of works by William N. Copley in the frst part of 2020. See also William N. Copley: The Temptation of St. Anthony (Revisited) at Nino Mier, Los Angeles, from February 15, and The New York Years at Kasmin, New York, from March 11.
Vernissage: Friday, 17th January 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition period: Friday, 17th January – Saturday, 29th February 2020 (Goethestraße 2/3, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg)
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