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Etel Adnan. Discovery of the Immediate

Etel Adnan. Discovery of the Immediate

Over the course of 2021, in order to prepare this exhibition which will be held simultaneously at Galerie Lelong & Co. in Paris and New York, Etel Adnan, who passed away on November 14 at the age of 96, had mainly concentrated on the production of an imposing series of paintings on canvas, mostly in monochrome.

The artist, who previously took great pleasure in applying pure colour with a knife, has worked for this last series with a paintbrush and a single colour to capture what she describes as her "Discovery of the Immediate": flowers, fruits, inkwells, flasks and more.

In addition to these still life works, which are like pictural snapshots, she has also produced paintings entitled "Intrusion of the Memory" where souvenirs of mountains and landscapes are juxtaposed with the still life. Immediate data from the conscience and images emerging from memory thus coexist.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual publication with an essay by French philosopher Yves Michaud.