“I imagined this flying figure, is he dancing, is he falling? The paintings are about movement, dancing between stumbling and flying… There is no land.” - Claire Tabouret
“I imagined this flying figure, is he dancing, is he falling? The paintings are about movement, dancing between stumbling and flying… There is no land.”
- Claire Tabouret
Yuz Museum is pleased to announce Claire Tabouret’s first major exhibition in China, The Dance of Icarus, from November 12, 2017 to January 21, 2018 at Yuz Project Space of Art. Comprised of 44 paintings and works on paper, the exhibition marks a departure from Tabouret’s stately posed portraits toward images of dynamism and spontaneity.
In the atrium of the museum, suspended above the visitor, Tabouret will present her most monumental series to date, The Dance of Icarus – a new interpretation of the Greek myth about Icarus. Across four massive panels, a larger-than-life figure spins, weightlessly dancing across canvases washed in vibrant color. Rhythmically rising and falling, the figure is captured in a dream-like trance, frozen in time but in a state of perpetual motion. He animates the atrium as he ushers the viewer from one canvas to the next in a circle around the room, mimicking his gesture.
Tabouret’s figurative works collapse the notions of linear time and objective reality, recalling the ability of aesthetic experiences to conjure profound and perhaps otherwise untapped depths of humanity.
The exhibition will be open on November 12 with an artist’s talk, and run through January 21, 2018.