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Nina Childress Lobody Noves Me EXTENSION

75 min visit

Fondation d'entreprise Pernot Ricard
17 Feb → 28 Mar 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.

« A pop exhibition by a feminist artist who is a real hair-raiser!  »

Discover the tangy universe of Nina Childress, American artist, ex-punk singer and star of the alternative music scene? Her work is a mix of fluorescent paint and neo-romantic punk reminiscences. Her painting resembles a gallery of great figures: France Gall, Cher, Kate Bush and even Britt Ekland, sex symbol and James Bond girl, painted in an iterative way and featured on the cardboard of the exhibition. So many familiar faces that can tell so many stories and encourage the viewer to make the work speak. Yet this is not what interests Nina Childress. The painter, an outmoded term she herself uses to refer to herself, in fact chooses painting itself as her main subject. Since her beginnings in the 1980s, the painter has had time to familiarize herself with the history, techniques, tricks and mutations of this "subject". Torn by her family heritage between the decorative and the avant-garde, she always creates two versions of the image: the generally hyperrealistic and flattering "Good", and the more experimental and squeaky "Bad". She brings these two versions together, thus cancelling out the questioning around the choice of style, in the sole service of the interest of painting. Where the place of painting in contemporary art is constantly being questioned in the creation of images, Childress trusts the latter to find its place among them.


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