Christian Bonnefoi - Dos à dos
For nearly forty years, Christian Bonnefoi’s work has stood in a very special place on the painting scene and, more generally, in the history of contemporary art. The artist has developed a visual language of his own, using painting, drawing, collage and installation, mixing art forms and references.
Bonnefoi’s distinctive approach is his personal use of collage, resulting in a surface that becomes the subject matter of the work without any representation, suggestion or narrative: a way of stressing the prevalence of process and composition in the final outcome. The artist dates the origin of his artistic approach back to his discovery of Matisse’s “backs” shown in Paris in 1970 at the Grand Palais exhibition: “Henri Matisse, l’exposition du centenaire.” Bonnefoi’s first “Backs” would come out four years after this event and since then have appeared as recurrent elements in his work.
The limited edition comes with an original silk print created especially for this catalogue by Christian Bonnefoi in 25 copies signed and numbered by the artist.
Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis (59): July 1 to September 16, 2012
Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan (56): June 24 to September 30, 2012
Musée d’Art Moderne, Céret (66): November 2012 to February 2013
Texts in French by: Christian Bonnefoi, Olivier Delavallade, Cédric Loire, Dominique Szymusiak and Tristan Trémeau.
24 x 30 cm (9.5 x 12 in.) – 120 pages
Published: June 24, 2012
ISBN : 9782363060648
Original painted on "Tarlatane" by Christian Bonnefoi (numbered and signed)
Published : July 2012