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Il Ponte Presents Bernard Joubert


Exhibit on display until June


The contemporary art gallery Il Ponte is presenting the exhibition Bernard Joubert. Painting on the Edge. The exhibit, which will be on display until June 3, showcases Joubert’s artistic research, which forcing the boundaries of painting creates new styles of thought and vision, and re-establishes a tie, broken at the end of the 1970s, between the French artist and Italy.


Painting on the Edge covers over forty years of Joubert’s work through a wide selection of artworks ranging from the first paintings on blank canvases and the ribbons of painted canvas (some of which never displayed before) of the early 70’s, to recent prints and reproductions of paintings.


Bernard Joubert was born in 1946 in Paris, where still today he lives and works. In the early 1970s he moved to Strasbourg, where he spent 8 years and experimented a minimal painting mainly consisting of lines drawn straight from the tube of paint onto a blank canvas.


Since 1972 he began to ‘open’ his painting. The results of this new process became evident with his works of the early 70’s such as Rubans, canvas ribbons painted a single color, attached to the wall to outline square, rectangular geometric surfaces whose perimeters never quite joined up.


These works were exhibited in 1974 upon his first one-man show at the Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris. In the same period, other important galleries showcased his art including Françoise Lambert in Milan (1974, 1975, 1979), Albert Baronian in Brussels (1975, 1977), Rolf Ricke in Cologne, Ugo Ferranti in Rome (1977) and Hal Bromm in New York (1978).


In the second half of the 1970s Joubert was invited to take part in important international exhibitions: Contemporeana in Rome (1974), Paris Biennial (1975), Plan & Space in Gand (1977), The Art of the Performance in Venice (1979) and Europa ’79 in Stuttgart (1979). In 1974, some of his drawings were bought by the MoMA in New York, and in the same year numerous of his works became part of the Panza di Biumo collection.


The 80’s were years of change. In 1980, the surface of the ribbons expanded and the monochrome was broken by fields of different colours, while in 1984, with the series of Simultanés, Joubert began to research to piece the picture back together into a whole.


In the mid 1990s Joubert began to develop a type of paintwork consisting of dabs of color forming a structure over figures from existing pictures.


In 1999, together with Christian Bonnefoi, Monique Friedman, Jean-Pierre Pincemin and François Rouan, he took part in the Tableaux. La peinture n’est pas un genre exhibition organized by Tristan Trémeau in the Musée des Jacobins, the Musée de Brou in Brug-en-Bresse and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Tourcoing.


Finally, in 2010 an exhibition at the Alain Margaron gallery in Paris set out twenty years of his painting from 1990 to 2010.
The exhibit at Il Ponte, which is accompanied by a monographic catalogue edited by Bernard Marcelis and Alessio Marolda, provides an overall view of his art.


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