“Qui a peur de la verticalité?” (Who's Afraid of Verticality?)

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Transfiguration, 1991 Fer Forgé Au Chalumeau 203 X 46 X 54 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pièce Unique
“Qui a peur de la verticalité?” (Who's Afraid of Verticality?)

4 rue Jacques Callot
75006 Paris
March 21st, 2013 - May 18th, 2013
Opening: March 21st, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

6th Arrondissement
+33 14 326 5458
Tuesday thru Saturday from 11.00 AM to 1.00 PM 2.30 PM to 7.00 PM; other hours on appointment only


Born in 1946 in Paris - Lives and works in Paris and New York.

After his 2012 installation in the courtyard of the Hotel de Ville in Paris, Alain Kirili, worldwide known artist, will exhibit from March 21th, his sculpture, 'Transfiguration' of 1991, in the window of Piece Unique, at 4 rue Jacques Callot. The insulation of the sculpture highlights the two techniques used by the artist for this work: forged and cut with a blowtorch, this is a hymn to the verticality which Kirili is strongly attached to. It expresses his fundamental dialogue with the works of Barnett Newman and Alberto Giacometti.

At Piece Unique Variations 26 rue Mazarine, a room houses the 1972 cutted zinc sculpture, which is also the first work the Artist considers 'post-minimalist', abstract, slightly hammered - a game of squares and lines forged on the ground.

Recent sculptures of the series "Aria" 2011-2012 in black rubber and galvanized wire are displayed throughout the gallery.

A series of his drawings "Fulgurances" and "Hommage a Otha Turner" in charcoal and oil pastel on paper testifies the richness of his work as a drawer.

Alain Kirili is strongly attached to the notion of "outdatedness" evoked by Nietzsche, which he expresses through basic materials, a memory of a craft know-how that comes to life in his creation. His desire of a tactile and embodied abstraction is celebrated in this exhibition. Rhythms, impulses, creations in the gesture with all his body.