Ulrich Baehr, Sophie Kujken, Babi Badalov in Paris galleries | EUROtoday

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NAfter New York and London, Paris has probably the most galleries for contemporary and modern artwork. There are estimated to be as much as 600 in France's capital; Around 300 belong to the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art affiliation. Arrivals and departures guarantee fixed change. Last yr, the Swiss mega-gallery Hauser&Wirth and Thomas Zander from Cologne opened branches on the Seine, whereas conventional firms such because the Denise René gallery, based in 1944, and the gb company gallery closed. Many small to medium-sized artwork sellers have been combating for his or her existence because the pandemic. However, it’s usually exactly these galleries that break new floor with younger or dedicated artists.

The Eric Mouchet gallery, based in 2014, surprises guests on Rue Jacob in Saint-Germain with an exhibition entitled “Berlin Pop and Politics” and brings collectively works from the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies by the German artists Peter Sorge and Ulrich Baehr, who’re largely unknown in France. Her political work at the moment are discovering modern resonance once more.

By Ulrich Baehr, born in Berlin in 1938, a scene may be seen via the store window that appears acquainted: “Shakehands in the Green” (1965) refers to {a photograph} taken in 1945 on the Potsdam Conference at which the The victorious powers of the Second World War negotiated the way forward for Germany and the reorganization of Europe. Despite Baehr's brushwork with areas of coloration and omissions, mild and shadow results, Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Josef Stalin may be recognized virtually intuitively.

Contrasting program from press photos: Peter Sorge, “Folder 1”, 1969, oil and synthetic resin on nettle, 110 by 90 centimeters, at the Eric Mouchet Gallery, 43,000 euros


Contrasting program from press pictures: Peter Sorge, “Folder 1”, 1969, oil and artificial resin on nettle, 110 by 90 centimeters, on the Eric Mouchet Gallery, 43,000 euros
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Image: Choreo / Galerie Eric Mouchet

Baehr's work, which price between 35,000 and 70,000 euros, present even darkish males of energy in shiny colours. His fragmentary sculpture “German Torso VI” (1972) can also be fascinating, and regardless of being diminished to a gaping mouth, it instantly brings to thoughts the spirit of Hitler’s speeches.

There are historic explanation why Ulrich Baehr and Peter Sorge (1937–2000) are exhibited collectively. Both studied on the University of Fine Arts in Berlin, then based the Großgörschen 35 gallery and had been among the many first artists on the Poll gallery from 1968 onwards. Alongside Markus Lüpertz and the not too long ago deceased Karl Horst Hödicke, they had been among the many West Berlin representatives of a brand new figuration who questioned the credo of summary Informel and had been open to the influences of Pop Art.

Work by an artist-poet: Babi Badalov, installation view “Ecce Homo”, Hôtel Puyricard d'Agar, 2022, at Galerie Jérôme Poggi, price on request


Work by an artist-poet: Babi Badalov, set up view “Ecce Homo”, Hôtel Puyricard d'Agar, 2022, at Galerie Jérôme Poggi, worth on request
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Image: Babi Badalov / Galerie Poggi

Like Ulrich Baehr, Peter Sorge, as a painter, resorted to press pictures and handled the Cold War. In a sensible type, he constructed provocative portray collages during which a number of picture components are mixed like in photograph montages and separated from one another by coloration bars or frames. The confrontation of pornographic-erotic and martial-masculine motifs makes the expression of social violence seem important (between 35,000 and 45,000 euros).

Jérôme Poggi has moved into bigger, extraordinarily elegantly designed exhibition and workplace areas in entrance of the Center Pompidou, thereby sending an optimistic signal for the way forward for his continuously rising gallery, which he based in 2009. Since 2015 he has represented the Azerbaijani artist Babi Badalov, to whom the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne is at present dedicating an exhibition. Poggi is at present displaying works by the artist, who works with lettered and calligraphically painted materials, for the third time in Paris.

In the Nathalie Obadia gallery: Sophie Kujken, “OOP”, 2022, acrylic and oil on chipboard, 150 by 90 centimeters, price on request


In the Nathalie Obadia gallery: Sophie Kujken, “OOP”, 2022, acrylic and oil on chipboard, 150 by 90 centimeters, worth on request
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Image: Sophie Kuijken / Galerie Nathalie Obadia

Born in 1959, Badalov describes himself – aptly – as an artist-poet, after which once more as a poetic refugee. As a wanderer between Orient and Occident, between languages ​​and cultures, he went from one exile to the subsequent, to Russia and America, Great Britain and at last France. He doesn’t put down roots in nationwide soils, however within the many languages ​​that he speaks, writes and processes into drawings, hieroglyphs or symbols. Arrangements and creations of phrases about identification and origin, play with sound and sensory ranges, intertwine letters after which dissolve once more, as in the event that they wished to proceed on their method. Badalov's lettering work on discarded materials of every kind now fill the partitions at Poggi (as much as 26,500 euros).

Just a stone's throw away, on the opposite facet of the Pompidou Center, is the Nathalie Obadia Gallery. Here you enter the fascinating world of the Belgian painter Sophie Kuijken. The artist, born in Bruges in 1965, creates portraits that aren’t really portraits. Faces, half our bodies or whole figures painted within the outdated grasp type emerge from usually darkish backgrounds and float within the image area in an irritating, typically tormented, typically melancholic or questioning method, as in the event that they got here from one other world and time. Sometimes you are feeling reminded of Leonardo da Vinci's “John the Baptist” by the darkness surrounding the folks depicted, then of outdated Flemish artwork or, via an perspective, of the works of El Greco. The clothes has one thing of right now's sports activities style, however can also be harking back to habits, clothes or undergarments from earlier centuries.

Sophie Kuijken lives in acutely aware seclusion. She paints in oil and acrylic on wood panels or with pastels, pigments and ink on plasterboard. She constructs every determine from a number of pictures and provides it one thing unusual: an odd pose, a frog in her hand, a number of ft that seem below the gown – like an ironic allusion to AI-generated pictures. The works price between 3,000 and 20,000 euros.

“Ulrich Baehr & Peter Sorge, Berlin pop and politics”, Galerie Eric Mouchet, till March 16; „Badalov Pig“Galerie Jérôme Poggi, until March 9; “Sophie Kuijken”,Gallery Natalie Obadia, till March sixteenth

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