Abstract or not

26 April - 19 July 2019

Olivier Malingue is pleased to present Abstract or not, an exhibition including works by Georges Braque, Willem De Kooning, Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Raymond Hains, Alain Jacquet, André Masson, Joan Mitchell, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva.


The exhibition will explore different interpretations of abstraction, through a selection of artworks produced from 1950 onwards. The selection of works will show how the concept of abstraction can be open to interpretation, and also the role that figuration has played in influencing or informing the artists' work. Before the Second World War, abstract art was represented by artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich, portraying a non- objective style with no formal subject. This changed radically in the second half of the century, with gestural application and the experimental use of colours and mixed media at the basis of creation. The act of painting itself became an essential part of the artwork, emphasising physicality, materiality and texture. In the selection of works at Olivier Malingue, the link to reality will be ambiguously present, leading the viewer to understand how subtle and illusive the line between figuration and abstraction can be.