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December 16, 2012

Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France and Los Angeles

Facyçal Baghriche, Souvenir, 2009. Illuminated terrestrial globe, motor. Elective purification, 2004–2009. Variable media and formats. Exhibition view from La force de l’art, 2009; Le Grand Palais, Paris. Photo courtesy of Courtesy Gallery.

Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France and Los Angeles
Over 100 Artists and 30 Projects in Los Angeles

Winter 2012–Spring 2013

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the Institut Francais, with the support of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, are pleased to announce Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France and Los Angeles. 

The creative connections between France and Los Angeles are historically numerous, from the impact of California itself upon French artists such as Niki de Saint-Phalle, Yves Klein and Guy de Cointet, to their influences onfellow artists in Los Angeles.

Ceci n’est pas…is an unprecedented and diverse five-month series which further encourages and officially recognizes new dialogue and long-term collaborations in contemporary art between France and Los Angeles. Beginning with the December opening of the exhibition Lost in LA organized by the FLAX Foundation, the numerous events and exhibitions of Ceci n’est pas… will continue through April 2013.

Gathering more than 30 cultural institutions and projects, Ceci n’est pas…will take place in public and non-profit spaces, galleries, museums, art fairs, and universities from the Pacific Coast to downtown to the Hollywood Hills. Each event and exhibition is curated and produced by the individual cultural institution and the projects encompass the spectrum of contemporary art including architecture, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.

Ceci n’est pas… includes over 100 artists from the two continents, from the emerging to the world-renowned such as John Baldessari, Jim Shaw, Pierre Huyghe, and Xavier Veilhan.

“By emphasizing the ties between France and the city of Los Angeles, Ceci n’est pas…solidifies Los Angeles as a true cultural capital,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “There is no greater home for this series of exhibitions, which work to inspire dreams, purpose and vision between our two cultures and throughout the world.”

Ceci n’est pas…will be a time of creative dialogue between our two countries and our two cultures,”  said François Delattre, the Ambassador of France in the US.  “In the next five months, the Los Angeles art world will welcome many French artists and professionals. They will be able to share their passions and ideas while strengthening relationships, which is what Ceci n’est pas… is all about.”

Participating Partners & Institutions to date include 18th Street Art Center, Art Center College of Design, Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair, Be-art, California Institute for the Arts, Castillo Corales, Cherry and Martin Gallery, CNAP (French National Centre for Contemporary Art), Ecole des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Lyon, Ecole Supérieure d’Art de l’agglomération d’Annecy, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Favorite Goods, FLAX, FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange), Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Galerie Franck Elbaz, GDM_galerie de multiples, Galerie Hussenot, Galerie Joseph Tang, Galerie Loevenbruck, Galerie Sultana, Galerie Torri, Hammer Museum, Here is Elsewhere, LACE, LA>

Presenting Artists and Participants to date include Ivan Argote, Bettina Attala, Fayçal Baghriche, John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Davide Balula, Pauline Bastard, Berdaguer/Pejus, Julien Berthier, Julien Bismuth, Dominique Blais, Michel Blazy, Sophie Bonnet-Pourpret, Nicolas Boulard, Elsa Bourdot, Valentin Carron, Pierre-Laurent Cassiere, Edwin Chan, Matt Connors, Isabelle Cornaro, Marie de Brugerolle, Philippe Decrauzat, Daniel Dewar, Bertrand Dezoteux, Sheila Donovan, Brigitte Engler, Didier Faustino, Patricia Fernandez, Robert Filliou, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Andrea Fraser, Cyprien Gaillard, Vincent Ganivet, Dora Garcia, Miguel Garcia Vivancos, Clara Gensberger, Gregory Gicquel, Dominique Gilliot, Piero Golia, Jeff Guess, Peter Harkawik, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Huyghe, Fabrice Hyber, Nathan Hylden, Armand Jalut, Martha Kirszenbaum, Robert Kinmont, Vincent Lamouroux, Thomas Lawson, Laurent Le Deunff, Julio Le Parc, Pierre Leguillon, Anton Lieberman, M/M Paris, Sylvia Maglioni, Tony Matelli, Philippe Mayaux, Rodney McMillan, Mathieu Mercier, Laurent Montaron, Claude Parent, Aude Pariset, François Perrin, Bernard Piffaretti, Julien Prévieux, Chloe Quenum, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Jimmy Robert, Allan Ruppersberg, Mickael Salvi, Benjamin Seror, Jim Shaw, Alexandre Singh, Philippe Terrier-Hermann, Graeme Thomson, Tatiana Trouvé, Oscar Tuazon, Lucille Uhlrich, Xavier Veilhan, Jean-Luc Verna, and Marnie Weber.

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