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Pierre Clerk, Amarillo

Pierre Clerk Amarillo, 1973

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  • Medium

    Painting : acrylic

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    52 x 52 x 1.2 inch

  • Support

    Painting on canvas on stretcher

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Authenticity

    Artwork sold with an invoice from the gallery

  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Offered by the gallery

    Galerie Thomas Bernard / Cortex Athletico
    Paris - France

  • About the artwork

    Artwork sold in perfect condition

    Pierre Clerk a effectué ses études à Montréal, à la l’Université de McGill ainsi qu’au Musée des beaux-arts. Il puise ses références dans les formes découpées de Matisse, le cubisme de Picasso, les sculptures de Brancusi ainsi que le néoplasticisme de Mondrian et Van Doesburg.

    Acteur de l'effervescence artistique new yorkaise dans les années 1970, il élabore une oeuvre originale, fondée sur un certain graphisme spatial - parfois à contre-courant des créations de cette époque. Alors qu'à la fin des années 1960, les peintres expressionnistes abstraits triomphent, Pierre Clerk accentue davantage sa démarche objective.
    Et si le travail de l'artiste est bien plus purement formel que celui d'un Léger par exemple, pour lequel il confesse une profonde admiration, il conserve des recherches du maître l'intérêt pour une couleur qui soit en même temps volume, forme, capable de transformer les corps en rouages dans la grande mécanique chromatique du travail.
    Le peintre travaille ainsi à multiplier et diffracter les plans. Si il a pu être touché par la peinture de Newman ou de Rothko, ce n'est pas pour l'expressivité du geste, mais pour la capacité à faire jouer la profondeur par un travail sur la couleur.

    Bien qu'initialement connu comme peintre, révélé par l'exposition au MOMA 9th New Talent en 1956, son abstraction géométrique se retrouve également dans ses sculptures qui jouent de trompe l'oeil ou de formes moléculaires dans les années 2000, parfois de dimensions monumentales. Deux projets majeurs marquent cette évolution : le Waterside Plaza (1977), soutenu par le Public Art Council de New York réalisé à Manhattan East River et City Candy (1983), programme 1 % artistique à Toledo, Ohio.
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Pierre Clerk

United States Born in: 1939 Emergent Artist
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Pierre Clerk (1928) is an americain artist who lives and works in New York and France. He draws his artistic references from the «painting with scissors» collage works by Matisse, the cubism of Picasso, the forms of Brancusi and van Doesburg and the Neo-Plasticism movement driven by Mondrian.

Actively part of the New York buzzing artistic scene in the 1970's, Pierre Clerk's singular works are based on a very personal spatially graphic language - often going against the current of the contemporary trends of his time. While at the end of 1960's abstract expressionist painters triumph, Pierre Clerk focused on an rational approach.

And if the work of the artist is much more purely formal than that of Leger for example, for whom he has a profound admiration, he retains from the master's research the interest for colour that is at the same time volume, form, and capable of transforming bodies into cogs of the great chromatic mechanics of a work.

The painter looks to multiply and diffract plans. If Clerk is touched by Newman or Rothko's painting, it is not for the expressivity of their gesture, but for their ability to play on depth by working on colour.

Known as a painter because revealed that way by MOMA's 9th New Talent exhibition in 1956, his geometrical abstraction can also be found in his sculptures which play trompe-l'oeil style or molecular structures in the 2000's and sometimes reach monumental proportions. Two major installations led this evolution in his work : Waterside Plaza (1977), supported by New York Public Art Council realized in Manhattan's East River and City Candy (1983), Toledo, Ohio.

Patterns echos from paintings to sculptures giving the work an autonomous architectural identity.

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