MARUANI MERCIER is honoured to present a selection of artworks from young and established artists for the occasion of the 23rd edition of Art Paris.
The selection will include American artists that emerged in the 1980’s such as Ross Bleckner, Francesco Clemente, Ron Gorchov, Peter Halley, Keith Haring, Jonathan Lasker and Peter Saul. Where Bleckner’s paintings are an investigation of change, loss, and memory, often suggesting meditations on the body, health and disease, much like a memento mori, Clemente focuses his works on themes of sexuality and spirituality. Others, like Peter Halley and Jonathan Lasker,
are well-known for their geometrical forms and powerful colour choice in their paintings.
Furthermore, the stand includes African American artists including Lyle Ashton Harris, Radcliffe Bailey and Hank Willis Thomas advocating a committed art often based on history and socio-political topics. These artists, referring to their culture, are engaged in a political battle against racism, blaxploitation and the history of slavery and colonialism experienced by their ancestors. This is in sharp contrast with the striking figures clothed in colourful floral prints by young Ghanian artist Emmanuel Taku.
The display is completed by two works of well-known artists, Hermann Nitsch and Roman Opałka. Hermann Nitsch’s and Opałka’s paintings sit outside the canon of classical painting, inspired by their actions and performances. Where Nitsch’s work is based on his actions creating paintings made with unorthodox materials such as oil and blood, Roman Opałka’s work of a lifetime revolves around the idea of materialising time.
Finally, there's a reflection on the resistance of nature with the colourful flower paintings by Arne Quinze and the persistent weeds of Tony Matelli.