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Cherry and Martin presents the first United States solo exhibi tion in ten years by one of the most important contemporary French painters \, Bernard Piffaretti\, as curated in conversation with Matt Connors.
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December 2012\, Los Angeles – For more than 30 years Piffaretti has expressed the virtues and co ntradictions of painting\, pairing codes of modern abstraction with a stric t conceptual methodology. By vertically dividing the canvas into two equal halves creating the right-side as the original and the left-side its copy\, Piffaretti has shaped his oeuvre into a multi-perplexing paradox that runs the gamut of painting’s canon while forming the quintessential Duchampian question to the audience.
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The rigor and restraints of Berna rd Piffaretti’s practice is riddled with the interruption\, or pause\, from its initiating mark—the formal constant of the painted-vertical line—that equally connects and separates the whole of the canvas.  The paintings’ con ception prompts a metaphorical plurality to the viewer on the creation of t he pictorial image\, the role of thinking in form\, and the questions of ne gation and reaffirmation of the act of painting through the systematic role of copying to once more reveal what was already known. Unlike many of his contemporaries relaying on the power of the mechanical reproductive image\, and the objective truth as presented in the photograph\, Piffaretti posits himself into the endless variation of form as a traditional painter\, ackn owledging his strong conceptual threading\, the thoughts within his paintin gs\, and their relationship to space and time bearing the weight of the art ist’s infinite dualities.
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Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalogue of Bernard Piffaretti’s work along with a text documenting t he discourse between Bernard Piffaretti\, in Paris\, and Matt Connors\, in New York. Their conversation\, as conducted through email and in-person mee tings\, demonstrates the ebbs and flows of both the artists’ painting pract ice\, their relationship to time and space\, and the multifaceted questions that engage them in their acts of creation.
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“My painting i s built around a great paradox: To deny in order to better assert. My paint ing thinks and put its thinking on display. It will unfold and thus deny it s essential issues and underlying basis: chronology\, origin\, ending\, inc ompleteness\, series\, montage\, reproduction\, etc… “ (Bernard Piffaretti in conversation with Matt Connors)
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Bernard Piffaret ti has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at the Musée d’ Art Moderne  (2009\, Saint-Etienne\, France)\; Mamco (2007\, Geneva\, Swit zerland)\; Beaumont Public Gallery (2006\, Luxembourg\, Germany)\; Sara Hil den Art Museum (2001\, Tampere\, Switzerland)\; Cartier Foundation for Cont emporary Art (2000\, Paris\, France)\; and Villa Arson (1991\, Nice\, Franc e). Piffaretti has been featured in museum group exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris\, France)\; Hong Kong Museum\; CAPC Museum of Conte mporary Art (Bordeaux\, France)\; Joan Miro Foundation (Barcelona\, Spain)\ ; National Gallery of the Grand Palais (Paris\, France)\; and Switzerland M useum of Fine Arts (Bern\, Switzerland). Piffaretti was born in 1955 in Sai nt-Etienne\, France\; he currently lives and works in Paris\, France.
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Bernard Piffaretti: Report  is part of Ceci n’est pas… Art between France and Los Angeles. 
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