ARTIST INFO

Claude VIALLAT

Claud VIALLAT (1936- , Born in Nimes, France) is a French contemporary artist
who used to be active as a “Support/ Surface” group, which is an art movement arose in the end of 1960s in France. He has developed his own unique style for 40 years as a challenge to the classical art tradition, which is to paint the similar bean-shaped figures repeatedly on unframed canvas or printed textile, or to hang those paintings in the air so that there is no front or back. You can feel and see the vast width and depth in a simple bean-shaped, or cell like pattern.

Works

  • Title
    Untitled
    Size
    (日本語) 160×300cm
    Year
    1970
    Medium
    Acrylic paint on wagon food fabric
  • Title
    Painting on paper
    Year
    2008
    Medium
    painting on paper
  • Title
    Serigraphy on paper
    Year
    2001
    Medium
    serigraphy on paper
  • Title
    Painting on paper
    Size
    26×19.5cm
    Year
    2007
    Medium
    painting on paper
  • Title
    Untitled
    Size
    (日本語) 160×300cm
    Year
    1970
    Medium
    Acrylic paint on wagon food fabric
  • Title
    Painting on paper
    Year
    2008
    Medium
    painting on paper
  • Title
    Serigraphy on paper
    Year
    2001
    Medium
    serigraphy on paper
  • Title
    Painting on paper
    Size
    26×19.5cm
    Year
    2007
    Medium
    painting on paper

CV

1936
Born in Nîmes, France.
1955
Entered l' École supérieure des beaux-arts de Montpellier.
1961
Entered l' École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Became interested in the art in the US such as Sam Francis and Mark Rothko.
1964
Taught in a school of decorative art in Nice. Sought an alternative way of painting to traditional tableaux.
1967
Taught in an art school in the art school in Limoges.
1968
Held his first solo show.
Participated in “Support/Surfaces” exhibition in the Modern Art Museum of Paris which originated the “Support/Surfaces” movement
1969
Left the “Support/Surfaces.”
1972
First trip to the United States. First contact to the arts of Jackson Pollock, Native American.
The “Amsterdam-Düsseldorf-Paris” exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (NY)
1973
Moved to Marsaille.
1974
Viallat exhibition in Saint-Étienne’s the Museum of Art and Industry
1979
Became President of the art school in Nîmes.
1982
The National Modern Art Museum of Paris hosted a Viallat retrospective
1988
Represented France at the Venetian Biennial
1991
The Supports/Surfaces retrospective exhibition (The Modern Art Museum of Saint-Étienne).
1992
“Support/Surface” exhibition at the Museum of Tel Aviv, Israel
1993
“Support/Surface” exhibition tour in Japan. (The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Ohara Museum of Art, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu)
1997
“L’Empreinte” exhibition in Centre Pompidou
1999
“The year of Support/Surface” of Ponpidou collection
2000
“Support/Surface” exhibition in Rio de Janeiro
2001
“Avatar” at Jean Fournier Gallery in Paris
2002
“6 Toros, 6 Artistes” at the Museum of Modern Art, Ceret
2004
“4 artists, Support/Surface” in Milan and Chiavari, Italy.
2006
Awarded the Fine Arts Academy’s Prize of Painting of the Simone and Cino Del Duca Foundation