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Until 27th of June at Alain Margaron Gallery
Gallery owner Alain Margaron presents in his space at rue du Perche, in the heart of the Marais, a moving exhibition of works by Michel Macréau. Margaron has been promoting the unclassifiable French artist since opening his gallery in 1993, and is now using the 20th anniversary of his death to ravish our eyes with some fifty, never before exhibited works from his most important period between 1958 and 1975.
The year 1965 was particularly prolific for Macréau, who struggled then to find his place in the art scene. Ahead of his time, isolated and misunderstood, the artist created instinctive but complex works. His creations, which are combinations of paintings and drawings, paved the way for the emergence of major artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Combas and A.R. Penck twenty years later.
Michel Macréau has found today his place in the history of art; the oil painting ‘The African’ from 1965 illustrates this transition. While Picasso’s influence can be seen on this canvas, we can also anticipate Combas’ aesthetic research. Much poetry and a sense of freedom emerge from the work of Michel Macréau.
A critic’s choice exhibition, not to be missed!