15 January - 15 February . 2011
In 1969 Jean-Paul Riopelle created a bestiary of sculptures in which le hibou, the wise owl, features prominently.
Originally created in clay and plaster, the sculptures were preserved and eventually cast in Paris, France.
Inspired by two series of photographs, the first taken at the Meudon foundry (1969-70) and the second in Riopelle's Saint-Cyr-en-Arthies art studio (1977-78), this internationally exhibited exhibition is paired with a new bilingual catalogue with text by Yseult Riopelle, the artist's daughter.
In addition to the stunning collection of bronze sculptures, Ingram Gallery is pleased to be offering the charcoals from 1976 which brought Riopelle back to drawing:
In the mid-1970s, after the polychrome seduction of his experience with pastel, Riopelle yielded to the temptation of charcoal's black-and-white austerity, a discipline that allowed him to establish a distance from the 'real world', to make more analytical reading of it, lingering over the structures of space. The 1976 charcoals are a looser group, and somewhat wild (in the best sense of the world). They also offer the freshness of quick sketches, studies of landscape details, variations on polysemic motifs.
Riopelle, Mémoires d'ateliers
Yseult Riopelle and Gilles Daigneault © 2010
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