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Sans titre, 1979

Daniel Dezeuze
  • Artist (1942)

Daniel Dezeuze was born in 1942 in Alès, and studied at the Montpellier School of Fine Arts, learning the bases of the profession with his father, who was a painter.  He was one of the founders in 1968 of the group Supports/Surfaces, whose first exhibition in the City of Paris Museum of Modern Art in 1970 brought together the works of Vincent Bioulès, Marc Devade, Patrick Saytour, André Valensi, Claude Viallat, and Saniel Dezeuze.  The group adopted a critical stance towards the picture, and developed an analysis of its essential components—the support/medium and the surface--, the actual elements of its visual programme and thinking.  Dezeuze was interested above all in the question of the stretcher which he “deconstructed” into structures made of strips of flexible wood and assembled in the form of ladders affixed either totally or partly to the wall, or laid on the floor.  As early as 1967, with Châssis, he leant against a wall a simple stretcher covered with a transparent plastic film which questioned pictorial illusionism.  Somewhere between painted volume and drawing, these ladders permitted a wide variety of hangings, based on the place.  In these works, the void became a basic component for thinking about and representing space.  The year 1974 saw the appearance of the Claies inachevés/Unfinished Racks and, a few years later, the Gazes découpées/Cut-out Gauze with delicately coloured geometric forms scattered over walls.  The Portes/Doors, the Armes/Weapons, the Objets cueillette/Gathered Objects and Receptacles, and the Peinturse qui perlent continued to question the painting object.  In 1998 a major retrospective of the artist’s work was held at the Carré d’Art in Nimes.  Daniel Dezeuze has taught at the Montpellier School of Fine Arts since 1977 ; he also edited the magazine Peinture, cahiers théoriques until 1972.  He has also produced works designed for public places:  Les papilions/Butterflies, Grenoble 2010; Puits de science/Well of Knowledge Université Paul Valéry, 1994, among others.

Nadine Labedade