39 East 78th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10075
About the Presentation
For its Independent debut, Almine Rech will dedicate a solo presentation to Jean Miotte (1926-2016), a prominent figure in post-war France’s vanguard of lyrical abstraction. Movement and dance were central to his work as an artist, from his earliest collaborations on ballet set designs and figurative paintings representing dancers. The theme carried over into his first gestural abstract works in the 1950s, as figures gave way to rhythmic arabesques created by the free and instinctive movements of the painter’s hand. “Painting is not a speculation of the mind or the intellect, it is a gesture that is carried within,” Miotte said. Traveling to New York in the early 1960s brought him into contact with his American counterparts, the Abstract Expressionists Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell, who had a major influence on his development.
About the Gallery
Almine Rech Gallery opened its doors on April 1st, 1997 in the 13th arrondissement in Paris. The gallery was founded on a minimal and conceptual axis, representing artists such as James Turrell, John McCracken and Joseph Kosuth. In addition to its stable of internationally recognized, mid-career and emerging artists, it has always been the gallery's mission to continually seek out and include new artists in its program. The gallery has held longstanding relationships with artists like John McCracken and James Turrell and has since started working with and representing artists such as Günther Förg, Alex Israel, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Julian Schnabel, Taryn Simon and DeWain Valentine, among others. In 2006 the gallery moved to a larger two-floor space in the Marais district and in 2008 inaugurated a second 1,000 square meter exhibition space in Brussels. In March 2013, Almine Rech Gallery launched its new Paris space at 64 rue de Turenne. In June 2014, Almine Rech Gallery opened a gallery in London on Savile Row, Mayfair. In October 2016, the gallery moved from Savile Row to a larger space on Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair.
Jean Miotte, Sud, 1991, Acrylic on canvas, 195 x 520 cm, 77 x 205 in, photography by Opéra Bastille Collection, Work reproduced in the catalog La Différence by Karl Ruhrberg © Jean Miotte, courtesy of Jean Miotte Foundation and Opéra Bastille
Portrait of Jean Miotte, Pignans, France, 1998, photography by Silvia Ruau © Jean Miotte, courtesy of the Estate and Almine Rech