Paris, Centre Pompidou


Jacques Villeglé has put himself in danger many times in the name of art. Climbing up ladders, he started peeling posters from the walls of buildings in 1949. The first time he was with Raymond Hains and the two of the executed their "Ach Alma Manetro." Since then, Villeglé became dedicated to appropriation art, tearing down posters, wrapping them up and taking them back to his studio in order to place them on canvases to create abstracted works.

This exhibition showcases a large body of Villeglé's production, which is linked to the visual, urban landscape of advertising. Some of the pieces derive from political posters; others from musicals or plays; others from ads for everyday products. They recall different artistic influences; indeed in the 1950s, Villeglé's work was criticized for evoking the tradition of Cubist collage. One work certainly evokes Josef Albers "Homage to the Square." Villeglé also made graphic works, using an alphabet drawn from the lettering often seen in graffiti. Another highlight is "Hourloupe", created from the posters advertising Jean Dubuffet's 1975 exhibition. Most insightful is the documentary that includes an interview with Villeglé and traces how he has become an artist who is now being celebrated by the establishment.

September 17, 2008, through January 5, 2009
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
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