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View of the exhibition "Cocteau Contemporain"

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View of the exhibition "Cocteau Contemporain"

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View of the exhibition "Cocteau Contemporain"

Cocteau Contemporain

Jean Cocteau was probably the first artist of the 20th century who prefigured the posture of contemporary artists of this century. Many among them describe and define themselves beyond the painter's statutes, sculptor, filmmaker, choreographer, playwright, writer, critic, photographer and why not historian art ! Indeed, the generic title artist now refers to the coexistence in the same person from the practice of several arts, several scriptures. It is to be « a specialist in everything », rather than - and pejoratively whe he targeted Jean Cocteau - « jack of all trades ». By using the word poetry (graphic poetry, theater poetry, theater poetry, etc.), Jean Cocteau created a figure from which young artists deliberately claiming themselves. 

After years of purgatory largely due to the surrealist stigma, artists dare to refer to Jean Cocteau again. The loyalty that a few founding fathers of contemporary art, from Man Ray to Andy Warhol, have ensured him, condones and allows the return to Cocteau in this second decade of the 21st century.

If selected artists in this exhibition belong to very different generations, all find either the artist or the agitator and creator of links between the arts, or, more frequently, the filmmaker that was Jean Cocteau. Passed the reference to the two poles of contemporary art mainly embodied by the last of the classical painters and the first concept, namely Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, Jean Cocteau could be now a third way of impertinence, and an alternative of celibacy art. 

With the works of : 

Jean Cocteau / David Hockney / Hélène Delprat / Claude Lévêque / Margaux Bricler / Jérôme Borel / Alan Vega / Dorothée Smith / Scott Hunt / Mark Brusse / Danielle Schirman / Mehryl Levisse / Valérie Sonnier / Marie Drouet /Blind Adam alias Thanos Kyriakydes / Franko b / Stephan Balleux / Françoise Pétrovitch / Alain Fleischer / Henri Foucault / Maison Fabre
EXHIBITION 15/01 > 28/02/15

Galerie Mathias Coullaud