Frieze New York 2015
14-17 mai 2015

Undeniably, André Cadere (1934-1978) is one of these completely mythical artistic characters who made major contributions to the history of contemporary art, in a spectacular and concentrated way. Indeed, the path taken by this artist of Romanian origin, who was one of the rare artists during the 1970s to invent a new art form which identified him completely – his famous wooden bars – still generates constant interest today and continues to have a considerable influence on contemporary art.
This proposal for Spotlight, the new section of Frieze New York, brings together five exceptional pieces, which are quite literally the foundations of André Cadere’s life time’s work.
We will present the famous diptych painting “Black Citröen Panel” that marks Cadere’s real entrance into the Parisian art world: it was exhibited in Paris at the Salon de Mai 1969 which took place in the rooms of the Musée d’art moderne.
This piece enabled him to introduce material of industrial origin into his work for the first time (boards, pieces of wooden sticks, varnished colors and body work paint).
We will also be showing four of the very first bars produced by Cadere in 1970. They were exhibited in 1971 at the Palais Galliera in Paris. With these works, Cadere completely broke away from the two dimensionality of paintings (and also from the works’ dependence on walls) and established a predetermined approach within which the produced work was the result of a system similar to algorithms.
The presentation of this ensemble in New York would have a special resonance since Cadere visited regularly during the last years of his life and he particularly appreciated the welcome he received there.