Cristinerose Gallery
New York
529 West 20th Street
212 2067990 FAX 212 2068494
Jean Painleve' (1902 -1989)
dal 4/12/2002 al 11/1/2003

Segnalato da

Patricia Laligant

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Jean Painleve' (1902 -1989)

Cristinerose Gallery, New York

An exhibition of vintage photographs from the 30's by French photographer and filmmaker Jean Painleve'. The exhibition, curated by Patricia Laligant, will be on view in the Project Room.

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Surrealist photographs
Vintage prints from the 30's

Opening Reception: Thursday December 5, from 6 to 8pm
With a special screening of Jean Painlevé's films on opening night

Cristinerose / Josee Bienvenu Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of vintage photographs from the 30's by French photographer and filmmaker Jean Painlevé. The exhibition, curated by Patricia Laligant, will be on view in the Project Room from December 5 through January 11, 2003.

In Paris in the mid -1920's, a new type of film was emerging: experimental shorts by artists rebelling against "the banality of commercial cinema". To accommodate these new films, ciné-clubs were forming throughout France, screening such films as Fernand Léger's Ballet Mecanique, René Clair's Entr'acte, and Luis Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou and l'Age d'Or.

Jean Painlevé, son of French mathematician and statesman Paul Painlevé, started his film career while a natural history student at the Sorbonne. In 1928, his first movie recorded the evolution and fertilization of the stickleback's egg. Both scientist and filmmaker, Jean Painlevé openly asserted the bonds connecting him to the work of Etienne Jules Marey, pioneering physiologist and inventor of the chronophotographe, the early camera that had inspired the Lumière brothers to conceive their cinématographe.

One of the first to plunge underwater with a camera and bring the sub-aquatic world to the screen, maverick scientific documentary filmmaker Jean Painlevé captured the throes of a male seahorse giving birth, the geometric choreography of crystal formation, and the mating habits of hermaphrodite mollusks. Painlevé made over 200 films including The Seahorse, Freshwater Assassins, and The Love Life of the Octopus, to name a few.

In 1924, Painlevé along with the German playwright and poet Ivan Goll, Guillaume Apollinaire, René Crevel, Pierre Reverdy and others, published the first and only issue of the review Surréalisme. Man Ray borrowed footage of starfish from Painlevé to use in his own film L'Etoile de Mer and Georges Bataille published Painlevé's stills of crustaceans in his review Documents. Painlevé's stills and photographs were published in numerous magazines of the time including Jazz, Vu, Voila, and Art et Médecine. His photographs are included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Most of the photographs in the exhibition are vintage stills from his films. Featured, a living Sea Anemone 1930 next to some Sea Urchin Pedicels 1928, as well as a Butterfly 1930 and a Seahorse 1934, Painlevé's fetish animal. The close-ups and sharpness of details enabled by the microscope in Rostrum on the Nose of a Shrimp 1930, in Detail of the Shrimp Tail 1929, as well as in Seahorse Chromatophores 1934, are remarkable. Lobster Claw or De Gaulle 1930 is probably the most famous image resulting from the collaboration between Painlevé and Eli Lotar. The photographs surprise by their level of abstraction and reveal the accidental beauty of the sub-aquatic world.

Cristinerose / Josee Bienvenu Gallery
529 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel: 212-206-0297

Jennifer Celio
dal 31/10/2007 al 22/12/2007

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