Luxembourg & Dayan, New York
November 1, 2013 – January 18, 2014
64 East 77th Street,New York City
+1 212-452-3350

This historical survey is devoted to César Baldaccini (1921 – 1998), the celebrated French artist and founding member in 1960 of the Nouveaux Réalistes group that paralleled the emergence of American Pop Art and included Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Christo, Martial Raysse, and Arman, among others. The exhibition comprises two-dozen works spanning the career of the artist known everywhere simply as ‘César,’ and suggests his fundamental contribution to the evolution of modern sculpture through a radical rethinking of classicism and bold experiments with new materials.

Featuring rare objects from the artist’s estate, major museums, and important private collections, César coincides with the 60th anniversary of the artist’s first one-man exhibition, which took place at the Galerie Lucien Durand in Paris.Filling all of Luxembourg & Dayan’s townhouse on New York’s upper east side, César also is the first U.S. solo exhibition devoted to the artist in half a century. In a fitting coincidence, the show takes place on the very same street where César’s breakthrough American exhibition Sculpture: 1953-1961 was presented at the Saidenberg Gallery in 1961. In tribute to this history, the artist’s 8 foot tall bronze sculpture Pouce (1993) will stand in front of the gallery’s building, a literal and figurative fingerprint on the streetscape of New York City.