Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris
8 Jun → 20 Oct 2021
From Wed to Fri from 10 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 10 pm. Closed on Mon.
Founder and singer of the punk band Lucrate Milk in 1981, Nina Childress is a complete artist who has devoted herself solely to painting since then. Although painting has always been her favourite medium, her style has changed ever since: pop art, hyperrealism, hijacking of clichés, research into colour... Whatever the case, Nina Childress generally starts with photographs she finds on the Internet or in magazines. She revisits icons of French pop culture from the 1960s and 1970s, notably with her portraits of Sylvie Vartan, France Gall and Jane Birkin. The artist increases the scale of the images, giving an abstract and ironic dimension to her "big heads", just acquired by the MAM. The self-portrait is another recurring theme for the artist since 2020. The make-up painted on her face represents the mask imposed by the sanitary conditions. The works of Nina Childress are in dialogue with those of the Delaunay couple, whose vivid colours had already caused a furore over 80 years ago.