Extradition with Palette, 2006, photo framed, 110 x 131 cm by Ashley Bickerton
Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard is pleased to present a first-time curatorial project, curated by Hubert Neumann, one of the greatest art collectors of our time, at their Parisian gallery.
After meeting Mr Neumann at Pulse NY in March 2010, the gallerists discovered that they shared similar personalities and taste in art. Recalling the next day's visit of Hubert Neumann's family collection, Jean-Luc Richard says "it was an unforgettable experience to see his townhouse, which was so incredibly full of art with so many masterpieces. It gave us the idea that we could celebrate Hubert's independence and passion for art collecting by showing new works by artists of his collection." Carrying on a family tradition initiated by his father, Morton G. Neumann, who came to Paris, visited many artists' studios and collected artworks by Picasso, Dubuffet, Miro, Giacometti, Lιger and many others still young at the time, Hubert and his daughters continue enriching the collection buying art from artists while they are still unknown. "Hubert has collected and supported a large group of artists from different generations since their beginnings, and has developed a remarkable talent for choosing artists that will remain markers in the history of contemporary art. The Incomplete constitutes a true launching pad and it is an honor to be a part of it."
As Mr Neumann puts it, "we live in an incomplete world", and that lack of definition, or closure, is reflected in all aspects of our lives that feed and perpetuate the ever-mutating organism that has become the contemporary art world. Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard in Paris is therefore proud to present this exhibition of monumental proportions. Not only does it regroup works by some of the best contemporary artists of the last two decades, but it also attempts to provide a new way to look at art and its history.
Although confusingly diverse at a first glance, The Incomplete presents a new translucent reality - that of the mise en place of a new artistic ideology that the Neumann family describes as non-modernism. It is neither a movement nor a clearly defined term, but expresses a fundamental rupture from modernism of an overwhelmingly diverse character. The artworks of the artists represented in the exhibition, constitute a resistance to the forms of definition and closure represented by modernism, and accentuate the possibility of coexistence or fusion of incongruous ideas.
The Incomplete will showcase artworks by well-known artists of the Neumann family's collection that illustrate an aesthetic shift that began in the early eighties with Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and which still continues with artists like Jeff Koons, Ashley Bickerton, Meyer Vaisman, John Armleder and a few others.
For Jean-Luc Richard "the most interesting aspect of a private collection is when it contrasts yet regards the artwork of established artists and those of younger emerging artists as equally important. Very few French collectors, art critics or museum curators have heard of these new artists, and for most of them, this exhibition will be their first in Europe." With a couple of works per artist, the exhibition will give the visitor the opportunity to grasp the complex syntax of the current artistic processes and to understand the intricate task of collecting contemporary art.