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Texts by Jens Asthoff, Paul Galvez, Marie Muracciole.
published in October 2016
bilingual edition (English / French)
22,5 x 27 cm (softcover)
392 pages (color ill.)
The first major monograph on Piffaretti: a journey through contemporary painting.
Since the beginning of the 1980s, Bernard Piffaretti implements a simple and immutable proto - col in the realization of his paintings: he divides each canvas in two equal surfaces; then he reproduces on one side what he first painted on the other side. What seems at first like a child's game actually produces peculiarly complex effects. Here, the painting disregards ideas of style, uniqueness, even originality, and places repetition at the very heart of creation. The result is an abundant oeuvre, unclassifiable in many ways, of which this publication, the first major monography dedicated to Bernard Piffaretti, offers a large overview. This reasonable catalogue, for want of being a catalogue raisonné, featuring analyses from art historians and critics, is also a journey through contemporary painting, a vantage point on art from this period.
Born in 1955 in Saint-Etienne, France, Bernard Piffaretti lives and works in Paris.