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 realises 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 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 moderne de Saint- Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France (2009); Musée Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis, France (2008); and Cheim & Read, New York, USA (2002), among others. Major group exhibitions include Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA (2018); Gordon Robichaux, New York, USA (2018); Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall, Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (2017); Musée des Beaux Arts de Nantes, 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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Acrylic on canvas 180 x 180 cm / 70 3/4 x 70 3/4 in

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

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Bernard Piffaretti
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Acrylic on canvas 92.3 x 65 x 2.5 cm / 36 1/4 x 25 1/2 x 7/8 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
Untitled, 2013
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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Acrylic on canvas 200 x 200 x 2.7 cm / 78 5/8 x 78 5/8 x 1 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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Acrylic on canvas 250 x 300 cm / 98 3/8 x 118 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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Acrylic on canvas 180 x 270 cm / 70 3/4 x 106 1/4 in

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Bernard Piffaretti
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Acrylic on canvas 250 x 300 x 2.5 cm / 98 3/8 x 118 x 7/8 in

Exhibitions

  1. Bernard Piffaretti

    Bernard Piffaretti

    13 September – 19 October 2019

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