Les Artistes

“Sans eux pas de collections d'art.
Avec eux la beauté, la provocation, le plaisir, la réflexion. ”

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Yang, Haegue
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1971 in South Korea. Lives and works in Berlin and Seoul.

Haegue Yang is best known for her colorful and arresting sculptures and installations made with everyday objects such as Venetian blinds, fans, infrared heaters, and metal stands. "There is a mysteriousness and spirituality in the most banal things," explains the artist. Sensorial experiences dealing with heat, scent and light, as well as the notion of mobility are at the core of her work. She aims to provoke the viewers in a subtle way, exploring the aesthetics possibilities of ordinary materials that might otherwise go unnoticed.

 

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Yeo, Jonathan
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1970 in England. Lives and works in London.

Jonathan Yeo is mostly known for his collages and portraits from celebrities to royalties and politicians. The clothing of the portrayed and the background are often undeveloped so the essence of the individual can emerge from the canvas. Yeo’s more recent work explores the world of cosmetic surgery with paintings of bodies mapped out for the scalpel and unconscious patients on operation tables.

 

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Yin Xiuzhen
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1963 in China. Lives and works in Beijing.

Yin Xiuzhen has worked primarily in site-specific installation and sculpture since the early 90s. Her work addresses issues on both environmental and personal scale. She often uses daily materials, including found textiles. By employing recycled materials, she seeks to personalize objects and allude to the lives of specific individuals, which are often neglected in the drive toward excessive urbanization, fast modern development and the growing global economy. Yin deals with frequent themes, including memory, past and present, as well as the complex relationship between individuals and the constantly shifting society they live in.

 


 
Yo, Akiyama
 "Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Obsession" january - march 2015
"Red" september - december 2012
 
"Lightness?" january - march 2012


Born in Shimonoseki (Japan) in 1953, he lives and works in Kyoto.

Akiyama Yo’s art stands in stark contrast to the utilitarian nature of traditional ceramics. His work recalls the primitivism of modern sculptors like Brancusi and Arp. Harkening back to its geological origin, the artist’s oeuvre reflects the igneous nature of clay formed during its swift cooling from volcanic magma, which he expresses by working mostly with black pottery. Yo sees art as being under a constant state of transformation, like the surface of the earth. Yo is a professor at the Kyoto Municipal University of Arts and Music since 1988 and is currently the chairman of the Department of Ceramics. In 1986 he became an official member of the International Ceramic Academy.

 

 
Yoshimoto, Ward
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1960 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

From brush-painting to photography and going through film making and sculptures, Ward Yoshimoto’s creations combine Japanese heritage and suburban American culture. Dada, Surrealism and Pop Art are his main references, as well as the turbulent social and political disorder of this youth. His assemblages of found objects might be seen as attempts to define a new identity after the American Dream’s decline.

 

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Young, Aaron
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1972 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Aaron Young's artworks rely on the aftereffects of dynamic, energetic, and sometimes even dangerous performances. He hires participants such as skateboarders and motorcycle riders, to perform various stunts in exhibition spaces on specially prepared platforms. Young uses destructive actions as generative force; the traces of his ephemeral acts are recorded as videos, drawings, sculptures, and photographs, operating both as independent pieces and documentary material on his performances. Through his unorthodox way of working, Young addresses issues of cultural hierarchy – a framework describing social ranking – to explore sustainable forms of autonomous expression.

 


 
Yue Minjun
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in China in 1962, he lives and works in China.

Yue Minjun is best known for his oil paintings depicting himself frozen in laughter, a signature image that he has also reproduced in sculpture, watercolor, and prints. Immediately humorous and sympathetic, Yue Minjun’s paintings offer a light-hearted approach to philosophical enquiry and contemplation of existence. Using laughter as a denotation of violence and vulnerability, Yue’s paintings balance a zeitgeist of modern day anxiety with an Eastern philosophical ethos, positing the response to the true nature of reality as an endless cynical guffaw.