Catalogue dedicated a pioneer of European conceptual art, whose work adopts a critical approach of the art world and the avant-garde. The publication offers an overview of the Belgian artist's career, and gathers texts by Jean-Michel Botquin from 1960 to 1980, and recent contributions by Nicolas Bourriaud, Denys Riout, Denis Gielen, and Serge Bonati.
Published on the occasion of Jacques Charlier's exhibitions “Une rétrospective” at La Panacée, Montpellier, from October 14, 2017, to January 14, 2018; “Peintures non identifiées” at Galerie Aperto, Montpellier, from October 14 to November 4, 2017, and “Peintures en tous genres” at Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris, from November 17 to December 30, 2017.
One of the pioneers of European conceptual art, Jacques Charlier (born 1939 in Liège, where he lives and works) adopts a process defined by his critical approach of the art world and the current clichés regarding the avant-garde. Owing to his constant quest for appropriate connections between ideas and media, he favours an interdisciplinary way of working. He picks successively painting, photography, video, music, writing, sculpture, installation, comics or advertisement. He uses easily the language of different styles and periods to underline and caricature the qualities, the contradictions and the declines of the dominant artistic movements. Jacques Charlier has participated in numerous international solo and group exhibitions. His works can be found in important private and public collections in Belgium, France and Luxembourg