Galerie Hervé Bize is please to participate in Expo Chicago for the first time (Booth 112) with a solo presentation devoted to Alain Jacquet (Paris, 1939 – New York, 2008).
This project has been conceived like the second part of the solo booth that we presented last March in New York at Independent.
Alain Jacquet’s work is deeply connected to the American Art scene and received a very early audience in the USA, especially through a solo exhibition in Chicago in 1968 at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Alain Jacquet settled in New York City for the first time in 1964, at the same time he opened there his first solo show at Alexandre Iolas Gallery, he was only 25. In this way Jacquet can be considered as a pioneer into using very large media and innovative materials with a particular precocity. At the very beginning of the 1960’s he started to work on his famous Camouflages (1961-64), confronting populars images and icons of museums before one of his masterpieces, Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe (1964), by using silkscreen process which with he had introduced a mechanical style (Mec’art, following the expression of the famous art critic Pierre Restany).
The treatment of the images, that Jacquet proceeds, makes him close at this time from Martial Raysse — for the French part — to American artists like Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein.
His work which evolved quickly into complex pieces developing polysemous propositions an international consideration, has been included in two major European exhibitions, Documenta IV, Kassel (1968) and the mythical show curated by Harald Szeemann, When Attitudes Become Form at Kunsthalle Bern (1969).
Our booth for Expo Chicago will gather exclusively a selection of significant pieces of the 1960’s especially two iconic works : Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe and Portrait d’homme, both dated 1964.
Alain Jacquet’s work has been exhibited extensively by important museums and galleries. His numerous solo exhibitions include: Robert Frazer Gallery, London (1963); Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich (1965); French Pavilion, Bienal de São Paulo (1967 et 1989); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1968); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1978); Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Genève (1978); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1993); MAMAC, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice (2005). Group exhibitions include: Art in the Mirror, MoMA, New York (1966); When Attitudes Become Form, Kunsthalle, Bern and ICA, London (1969); French Pavilion, Venice Biennale (1976); Bonjour Monsieur Manet, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1983); Ripe Fruit, PS1, Long Island City, NY, 1985; Pop Art, Royal Academy of Arts, London, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal (1991-93); Copier-Créer, Musée du Louvre, Paris (1993); Rendez-vous, Guggenheim Museum, New York (1998); Les Années Pop, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2001); Le Nouveau Réalisme, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2008); When Attitudes Become Form, Prada Foundation, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice (2013).