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Louis Cane

In 1969 Louis Cane’s first gallery exhibition (Givaudan, Paris) consisted of a group of unstretched canvases– sheets in fact, marked only by continuous rubber stamping of his name. He concluded this exercise in personal branding with the insolently tautological series Louis Cane artiste peintre français.
By 1970 Cane was done with youthful irony, inaugurating a genre of cut-out paintings, the toiles découpées, which he would exploit for several years. Like Jackson Pollock or Helen Frankenthaler, Louis Cane painted on unstretched canvas on the ground. But Cane digested the mentor of these artists, Clement Greenberg, as fast as the avant-garde critic appeared in Peinture: cahiers théoriques, the cutting-edge magazine published by Cane and his radical associates.

Cane’s incision in the canvas produces flaps which open a space on the wall. This space is not part of the painting yet remains integral to the picture. Thus, his paintings, which interact with both the floor plane and the wall, investigate the space of non-representation (what is cut out) and integrate it within the painting.
Last century, one saw these paintings as the formalist realization of a praxis. Today we are more tempted to admire the economy of means and the visual polyvalence. Back then, Louis Cane questioned pictorial space by considering Chinese painting. To liberate himself from the conventions of Renaissance perspective without renouncing pictorial space it was necessary to start with discourse. Today only the painting endures, and with it the work’s persisting pertinence.

Toile découpée, 1970 Huile sur toile metissée Oil on canvas 197 x 250 cm 77.6 x 98.4 in

Peinture vraiment Résine sur grillage Resin on stainless steel mesh 145 x 145 cm 57.1 x 57.1 in abstraite, 2017

Andrew Norman Wilson will be participating in a group exhibition, Art in the Age of Anxiety, at Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates! He will be showing his 2011 film, “Workers Leaving the Googleplex.”⁠
The exhibition runs March 21 – June 21, 2020.⁠

Participating artists

• Lawrence Abu Hamdan
• Cory Arcangel
• Jeremy Bailey
• Wafaa Bilal
• James Bridle
• Antoine Catala
• Douglas Coupland
• Thomson & Craighead
• Simon Denny
• Aleksandra Domanović
• Constant Dullaart
• Electronic Disturbance Theater
• Cao Fei
• Oliver Laric
• Lynn Hershman Leeson
• Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
• Eva and Franco Mattes
• Joshua Nathanson
• Katja Novitskova
• Trevor Paglen
• Jon Rafman
• Tabor Robak
• Pamela Rosenkranz
• Aura Satz
• Bogosi Sekhukhuni
• Jenna Sutela
• UVA
• Siebren Versteeg
• Andrew Norman Wilson
• Guan Xiao
• YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Owner
Aron Gent
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Director
Sibylle Friche
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Gallery and Print Studio Associate
Cody Schlabaugh
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Gallery hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-6pm

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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 50 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2012 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists.Since 2016, DOCUMENT started exhibiting historical artists and has continued to anchor its program in a conversation between emerging voices and established figures. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. The production studio allows some of the gallery artists to collaborate with DOCUMENT in both their exhibitions and their daily artistic practice by being in constant conversation about the realization and processes in their work.
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