Lisson Gallery

Bernard Piffaretti

French artist Bernard Piffaretti bases his practice on repetition while analysing the components of painting. After art studies at the school of Fine Arts in Saint-Etienne from 1973 to 1979, he began to elaborate his “Piffaretti system”, fixed in 1986. This protocol is at the origin of every work he produces: each is composed of two panels apparently identical, separated by a vertical strip; one of the two parts is an attempt to duplicate the other, made beforehand. Once both panels are finished, the distinction between the copy and the original tends to fade. As the artist admits himself, “the repetition, act by act, on the second half of the canvas, can only produce an imperfect image”: Piffaretti's system aims at showing us this impossible reproduction of the artistic gesture. In some works, the second part is even left irremediably blank, because of the complexity of the shapes painted. Piffaretti also realizes Drawings after paintings, reversing the concept of preparatory sketches and using them to seize his own work. 

 

Bernard Piffaretti was born in Saint-Etienne in 1955. He currently lives and works in Paris. He has had solo exhibitions at Lisson Gallery, Shanghai, China (2021); galerie frank elbaz, Paris, France (2020); Lisson Gallery, New York, NY (2019); Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2018); Kate Macgarry, London, UK (2017); KLEMM’S gallery, Berlin, Germany (2016); Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris France (2014); Musee d’art modern de Saint- Etienne, France (2009); Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France (2008); and Cheim & Read, New York, NY (2002), among others. Major group exhibitions include Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Gordon Robichaux, New York, NY (2018); Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall, Schwäbisch Hall DE (2017); Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, France (2015); MAMCO, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Geneva, Switzerland (2007); and Centre d'Art Contemporain, Kerguéhennec, France (2005).

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Bernard Piffaretti
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2021
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 100 x 2.2 cm 35 3/8 x 39 1/4 x 3/4 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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2021
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 150 x 2.5 cm 59 x 59 x 7/8 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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2021
Acrylic on canvas
162.2 x 129.8 x 2.5 cm 63 3/4 x 51 x 7/8 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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2021
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 90 x 2.2 cm 39 1/4 x 35 3/8 x 3/4 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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2020
Acrylic on canvas
170 x 170 x 2.5 cm 66 7/8 x 66 7/8 x 7/8 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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2017
Acrylic on canvas
240 x 200 x 2.7 cm 94 3/8 x 78 5/8 x 1 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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1999
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 cm 78 5/8 x 78 5/8 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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1998
Acrylic on canvas
220.5 x 179 cm 86 3/4 x 70 3/8 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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1993
Acrylic on canvas
181 x 222 x 4 cm 71 1/4 x 87 3/8 x 1 1/2 in

Exhibitions

  1. Bernard Piffaretti: Pick Up

    Bernard Piffaretti: Pick Up

    4 May – 11 June 2022

  2. Bernard Piffaretti: Twin Peaks and Company

    Bernard Piffaretti: Twin Peaks and Company

    13 March – 29 May 2021

  3. Horizon

    Horizon

    6 October – 31 October 2020

  4. Bernard Piffaretti: Coda

    Bernard Piffaretti: Coda

    10 August – 30 August 2020

  5. Bernard Piffaretti

    Bernard Piffaretti

    13 September – 19 October 2019

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