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FRENCH ARTIST CÉSAR RECEIVES FIRST U.S. SOLO SHOW IN HALF A CENTURY

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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On November 1st, Luxembourg & Dayan will present a posthumous celebration of legendary French artist and founding member of the Nouveaux Réalistes group César Baldaccini (1921– 1998), known simply as César.

Comprising two-dozen works, the exhibition spans milestones from his Compression, Human Imprint and Expansion series, as well as early figurative works like welded-iron sculpture Torso (1954), borrowed from the MoMA permanent collection. In particular, the survey emphasizes César’s experimental work of the 60s to 70s, a fluid exploration of styles and postwar industrial materials like jute sacks, wool blankets, automobile parts, polyurethane, plexiglass, corduroy and velour, among many other things. A pioneer of modern sculpture, César challenged aesthetic norms of form and space, coinciding notions of abstract and figurative, human and alien.

Few figures in history have the clout, talent and charisma for the coveted mononym. The enigmatic César has all three. Occupying all four floors of the Luxembourg & Dayan townhouse, the exhibition will be César’s first U.S. solo show in half a century. In a wash of nostalgia, the show will take place on the same street where César’s groundbreaking American exhibition Sculpture: 1953-1961 was presented at the Saidenberg Gallery in 1961. Pouce (1993), the artist’s 8-foot tall bronze thumb will stand in front of the gallery’s building, tributing César’s figurative (but, actually also literal)  fingerprint on the streets of New York, French culture and the vast landscape of modern art.

All featured objects are selected from the artist’s estate, museums, and key private collections.

César will be on view through January 18, 2014.

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If you are in Paris this month…

In conjunction with César NYC, Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz will curate a public three-sculpture series to honor the artist and for presentation at the 40th edition of the FIAC art fair in Paris. On loan from Fondation César, the installation will be on view in front of the Lanvin flagship on the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré later this month.
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