Brutal Family Roots
kamel mennour is pleased to present the first exhibition of paintings by Camille Henrot, an artist already distinguished by her diverse output: she was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 for her film Grosse Fatigue; her ongoing series of floral arrangements grounded in the Sogetsu school’s tradition of ikebana has been included in one-person shows from the New Museum in New York (2014) to the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2019); and her interactive telephones, wall frescoes, bronze sculptures, and watercolor drawings were all featured in her sweeping carte-blanche exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2017. In this special two-part online exhibit between kamel mennour and Metro Pictures, she debuts paintings from three recently conceived series.
Le Modern Style
Le modern style is the expression Marcel Proust used to describe the early twentieth century movement that brought modern art to the Paris salons, until then home to eighteenth-century paintings and furniture, and to the Impressionists, who tried to reinvent the eighteenth century. Collectors decided that they could open their interiors to the art of their time, and that these traditional spaces should dialogue with the richest and most advanced creations. Le modern style was the style of the great collectors of what was then contemporary art, from Jacques Doucet to Gertrude Stein. Whether you were from France, the US, the UK, or elsewhere, if you lived in Paris, you could have in your home, perhaps in an old building, paintings by Picasso, Matisse, and Derain, and furniture by Legrain. Rather than clashing, spaces and works entered into an intimate conversation.
No titre (collection 2021)
kamel mennour is pleased to present an online introduction to David Hominal’s new series of paintings originally scheduled to be exhibited at the gallery this month.
To stay connected during this time, we have worked on ways to extend our program and bring it to you online. As many of us have to stay at home at the moment, it is a good time to question our relationship with the most intimate place in our daily lives: home.
Let’s have a look at how artists have tackled this concept and try to understand each room of the domestic space and the objects that compose them. Artists frequently use domestic tools and appliances as props or ready-mades in their practice. Some also invent new ways of defining intimacy and comfort, making home both a place, a feeling, and a great think tank for artists. Their work poetically portrays the emotional gaze we have on our most familiar environment. This inaugural Online Viewing Room offers a contextual presentation of 24 works by the gallery’s artists.
Please enjoy walking through it from the comfort of your home!