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WA, Temporary Autonomy Surface (AFAA)


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“ THE ARTIST MAY CONSTRUCT THE PIECE
THE PIECE MAY BE FABRICATED
THE PIECE NEED NOT TO BE BUILD ”
Lawrence Weiner

No paper, no canvas! In recent years painting and drawing have been freed from picture frames to cover wider working surfaces. Working directly on floors, walls or ceilings, artists are exploring a new use of space. They vary scales and formats, and compositions switch back and forth from detail to the monumental.

This art form is developing at the crossroads of several different fields, including traditional mural painting and urban expression, and even borrows from the heritage of conceptual procedures. Borrowings from decorative arts, from design, references to pop art, op art, cinema and literature mix in these decompartmentalized works in a symbolic expression of the ferment of the young French scene. Recently several exhibitions have illustrated this development. Thus in France one may mention Urgent Painting in 2002 at the Paris museum of modern art, Lee 3 Tau Central Armory Show at the Villa Arson in Nice in 2003, and in the same year Mursollaici at the Swiss cultural centre in Paris.

WA is an exhibition of contemporary mural painting, but not only that. Each of sixteen artists – Virginie Barr, Simon Bernheim, St

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