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Teddy Tibi

Co-founder and director of « Art Absolument »

Artsper : Could you explain the concepts of Art Absolument and its collection to us?

Teddy Tibi : Created in 2002, the aim of the Art Absolument (Absolutely Art) review is to create a link between contemporary and past art by focusing particularly on contemporary artists living in France. I stress that it’s a review, not a magazine: this allows us to make varied choices which we can then offer to our readers, without us being obliged to stick slavishly to current events. We also talk about big exhibitions in Paris and elsewhere with interviews and in-depth features on a particular artist. Literature also plays a significant role and is not left out of the review.

With regards to the collection, we asked artists who we’ve supported for several years to create works of art specially for Art Absolument. The only conditions we imposed on the artists were the format, the number of copies produced and the single price point. This collection is important because it allows new collectors to acquire a work of art by a significant contemporary artist at a reasonable price. Philippe Cognée was the first to present us with a work of art in 2013, followed by Ernest Pignon-Ernest and Barthélémy Toguo, before other artists also joined in.


A : When you talk about Art Absolument, you say that you want to explore the world of art which is “off the beaten track”. Could you explain what type of content you like to showcase?

TT : It’s an editorial choice. We believe that there’s a need for complementary points of view to show the different walks of life of the artists we present to our readers. What we want to show is our freedom of choice and the artists we consider to be interesting, varied, with a real and coherent approach - an aesthetic which one may or may not appreciate, but which remains substantial.


A : What are your criteria for choosing artists to create a varied collection?

TT : The collection isn’t intended to be thematic but to show off the unique nature of each artist. We have a real and close relationship with each of them. For example, Ernest Pignon-Ernest was featured in the first edition of the magazine in 2002. The artists featured in this collection are artists about whom we’ve already published articles and features in the magazine and who seem to us to be essential within the current contemporary landscape. They’re people who we’ve supported over the years because we believe that their work contributes something to the current cultural scene.


A : You’ve recently added a work of art by Ayman Baalbaki to your collection. Could you tell us how you met him and why you chose his work?

TT : We met at theTrait-d’Union, Paris et l’art contemporain arabe (Hyphen, Paris and Contemporary Arabic Art) exhibition in Villa Emerige in 2011. Ayman Baalbaki was one of the 13 featured artists. Although his work is very well-known in Lebanon, it’s much less well-known here - but it deserves to be recognised for what it’s worth: so we asked him to add his work to our collection.

His artwork is very contemporary: a sharp depiction of a sad reality. He does this through material paintings with urban ruins - also found in the lithography which he created for the collection - but also with his installations. His frank view of the world speaks to us, touches us.


A : The artist’s life has strongly influenced his art. Could you tell us about his past so that we can better understand his work?

TT : Ayman Baalbaki is Lebanese and was born in 1975. His childhood was scarred by war. His work mainly focuses on the conflicts which still exist in this part of the world. In his work, he manages to go beyond the current nature of these conflicts, playing on the anonymity of both victims and executioners. It must be remembered that this very strong view which he offers us is a deeply human view of the world, based on his experiences.



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Jacques Bosser, Ozuya, Photography

Jacques Bosser

Ozuya, 2011
105 x 105 x 5 cm
Photography

5 500 €

Gérard Garouste, Hommage à Grunewald, Print

Gérard Garouste

Hommage à Grunewald, 2003
78 x 60 cm
Print

700 €

Marc Couturier, Dessins du troisième jour, Print

Marc Couturier

Dessins du troisième jour, 2013
66 x 50 cm
Print

240 €

Yazid Oulab, Âlif - Clou cristal, Sculpture

Yazid Oulab

Âlif - Clou cristal, 2012
15 x 50 x 15 cm
Sculpture

6 900 €

François Morellet, Systèmes, hasard et téléphone , Print

François Morellet

Systèmes, hasard et téléphone , 1997
90 x 100 cm
Print

4 500 €

Peter Klasen, Go Robinet, Drawing

Peter Klasen

Go Robinet, 2013
60 x 80 x 3 cm
Drawing

12 000 €

Philippe Pasqua, Philippine, Drawing

Philippe Pasqua

Philippine, 2012
80 x 70 x 8 cm
Drawing

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Philippe Pasqua, Philippine, Drawing

Philippe Pasqua

Philippine, 2012
80 x 70 x 8 cm
Drawing

Sold out

Bernar Venet, Effondrement Arc 2, Print

Bernar Venet

Effondrement Arc 2, 2013
115 x 98 cm
Print

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Hervé Télémaque, Aube, Print

Hervé Télémaque

Aube, 1974
76 x 56 cm
Print

400 €

Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Space pot 2008 , Photography

Jean-Pierre Raynaud

Space pot 2008 , 2008
105 x 75 cm
Photography

1 450 €

Ayman  Baalbaki, Sans titre, Print

Ayman Baalbaki

Sans titre, 2017
75 x 105 cm
Print

1 450 €

Mark Brusse, Seven Clouds, Print

Mark Brusse

Seven Clouds, 2014
105 x 75 cm
Print

1 450 €

Stéphane Pencréac’h, 11 janvier 2015, Drawing

Stéphane Pencréac’h

11 janvier 2015, 2015
75 x 105 cm
Drawing

1 450 €

Carole Benzaken, Autoportrait ancien, Print

Carole Benzaken

Autoportrait ancien, 2015
105 x 75 cm
Print

1 450 €

Najia Mehadji, Volute, Print

Najia Mehadji

Volute, 2013
105 x 75 cm
Print

1 450 €

Barthélémy Toguo, Celebration of Love, Print

Barthélémy Toguo

Celebration of Love, 2014
75 x 105 cm
Print

1 450 €

JonOne, Blue Drips, Print

JonOne

Blue Drips, 2014
105 x 75 cm
Print

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JonOne, Red Drips, Print

JonOne

Red Drips, 2014
105 x 75 cm
Print

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Philippe Cognée, Tel Aviv IC, Print

Philippe Cognée

Tel Aviv IC, 2013
105 x 75 cm
Print

1 450 €

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Port de Recouvrance Brest / EA Parcours Jean Genet, Drawing

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Port de Recouvrance Brest / EA Parcours Jean Genet, 2006
92 x 72 x 3 cm
Drawing

4 000 €

Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Rimbaud, Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Rimbaud, 1986
46 x 36 x 1 cm
Print

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Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Etude pour Extases (Catherine de Sienne), Print

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Etude pour Extases (Catherine de Sienne), 2015
75 x 105 cm
Print

1 450 €

Ayman Baalbaki

Lebanon

Jean-Pierre Raynaud

France

Gérard Garouste

France

Mark Brusse

Netherlands

Marc Couturier

France

Stéphane Pencréac’h

France

Barthélémy Toguo

Cameroon

Najia Mehadji

France

Philippe Cognée

France

Carole Benzaken

France

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

France

Jacques Bosser

France

Claude Viallat

France

François Morellet

France

Hervé Télémaque

France

Philippe Pasqua

France

Yazid Oulab

Algeria

JonOne

United States

Peter Klasen

Germany

Bernar Venet

France