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ARTISTS / Artist of the day : Kara Walker

Kara Walker : American visual and multimedia artist.

After receiving her BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) from Atlanta College of Art in 1991, Kara Walker earned her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994.

Integral to her status as a black artist, her work deals with the most unpleasant aspects of racism and sexism in American history without taboo or false modesty.

Kara Walker is known for her ferocious exploration of slavery history and its impact on race and gender relations in America today, themes often addressed through ironic and visually violent detour of current stereotypes.

In her trademark black-and-white paper-cut silhouettes, the combined presence of two colors emphasizes their symbolic opposition in the racial context of United States. But Kara Walker uses all mediums, from painting to performance to video, and more recently sculpture.

To make a parallel with artists who have an attraction for figure, portrait, and searching for an historical, symbolic or even political dimension, we present Laurent JOUBERT, Bruce CLARKE and André FOUGERON whose artworks we are privileged to hold at Artothèque Sud.

Laurent Marie Joubert

Born in Narbonne in 1952, he studied art in Paris, first at the School of Applied Arts and Crafts and then at Beaux-Arts. He traveled to Asia Minor, Middle East, Africa, at a time when, following the Beat Generation, going on the road was an objective, a life project.

Laurent Joubert, Heureux le visionnaire, Lithography

L x H artwork : 56 - 76cm

L x H frame : 61,5 - 81,5 cm

Bruce Clarke

Bruce Clarke was born in London in 1959. His parents were originally from South Africa and moved to England shortly before his birth.

During his studies of Fine Arts at University of Leeds, he was taught by representatives of an artistic movement, stemming from one of tendencies of conceptual art (that of Joseph Kossuth), known under the name of Art & Language, and whose principal initiators were Terry Atkinson, David Bainbridge, Harold Hurell and Michael Baldwin.

Like any artist, a painter is not isolated from the socio-political context that surrounds him. His approach as a visual artist is in itself an engagement, a critical comment on the world.

For Bruce Clarke, plastic work is inseparable from a political activism touching in particular South Africa of which he married the struggles within anti-apartheid organization and with ANC (African National Congress).

He continues to work on cultural projects in Africa by collaborating with Afrika Cultural Centre in Johannesburg.

Bruce Clarke, Pour le Peuple Sud Africain, Silk screen printing

L x H artwork : 49,5 - 64 cm

L x H frame : 53,5 - 68,5 cm

André Fougeron

The painter André Fougeron finds his place in the history of the art of the immediate post-war period, precisely in the chronicle of years 1947 - 1953, when the communist party tries to impose a social art, at service of working class and its struggles. An art of propaganda directly linked to events of interior of French politics: "socialist realism".

He will be official figure during this brief period before his work is gradually forgotten.

André Fougeron was born in Paris into a working-class family from the Creuse region of France. After obtaining his school certificate, he worked as an apprentice draftsman and then earned his living as a metalworker.

His first works are already occasion of engaged works, at the time of the Spanish civil war (Death and hunger, Spain, 1937) then during resistance to Nazism (To death the beast, 1944).

It is in the right line of the debates bearing, during Thirties, on the means of returning art to people that registered his text "The Painter to his niche", which one can consider today as a true manifesto of engaged art...

André Fougeron, pour le Peuple Sud Africain, Silk screen printing

L x H artwork : 37 - 51,5 cm

L x H frame : 53,5 - 68 cm

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