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Été 70: The Plein-Air Exhibitions of Supports-Surfaces

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In the summer of 1970, artists of the collective Supports-Surfaces installed ephemeral works across the French Mediterranean coastline, a prelude to their first Paris exhi-bition as a named group. Curated by Claude Viallat and Jacques Lepage, and entitled Intérieur/Extérieur, artworks were situated on beaches, hill towns, riverbeds and landscapes in the lower Alps. This article examines how this peripatetic exhibi-tion, and its subsequent re-installation in Travaux de l’Été 70 (1971) at the Jean Fournier Gallery, interrogated the conventional practice of painting by dismantling its material components, challenging its social and political ideology, and sanction-ing artistic autonomy.
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Keywords: Claude Viallat; Intérieur/Extérieur; Jacques Lepage; Supports-Surfaces; Travaux de l’Été 70; plein-air exhibitions

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Parsons The New School for Design

Publication date: December 5, 2012

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  • The Journal of Curatorial Studies is an international, peer-reviewed publication that explores the cultural functioning of curating and its relation to exhibitions, institutions, audiences, aesthetics and display culture. The journal takes a wide perspective in the inquiry into what constitutes "the curatorial." Curating has evolved considerably from the connoisseurship model of arranging objects to now encompass performative, virtual and interventionist strategies. While curating as a spatialized discourse of art objects remains important, the expanded cultural practice of curating not only produces exhibitions for audiences to view, but also plays a catalytic role in redefining aesthetic experience, framing cultural conditions in institutions and communities, and inquiring into constructions of knowledge and ideology.
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