André Valensi

Born in 1947, in Paris, France

Died in 1999, in Lomé, Togo


André Valensi (1947-1999) died in Lomé, Togo, destitute and alone. His Objets d'analyse, which are simple cords, ladders or nets, are made by braiding and knotting various ropes painted in yellow, orange and blue. He cut forms from corrugated cardboard and linked with a single cord, or simply piled them up. Some of these objects can be read as symbolic materials, charged with the artist's experience. The square canvases, assembled from pieces of cloth that are sewn together by stitches which deliminate a square motif at the center of the canvas. Then they are dipped in carbonyl. They show one way that painting after Malevitch can continue to address modernity.

Public collections

Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Etienne, France

Musée d’art moderne de Céret, France 

Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, France

Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France 

Frac Occitanie, Montpellier

Musée d’art contemporain, Marseille, France 

Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
André Valensi, NYC
May 08 - June 12, 2021

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Tribute to Vicky Rémy, Offsite
July 13 - July 14, 2019

Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976, Offsite
February 01 - April 21, 2019

Jacques Lepage. Dossier Supports/Surfaces, Paris
December 19, 2018 - January 26, 2019

Group Shows

Back To Simple Radical Gestures - The Supports/Surfaces Movement: Within And Around, Tsinghua University Art Museum, Beijing, China
Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Michigan, USA 2006 Les fils de Marcel, commissaire d'exposition Emmanuel Latreille, CRAC Occitanie, Sète, France 1991
Supports/Surfaces, Musée d'Art moderne, Saint-Étienne, France

Le Bel Âge- Supports/Surfaces, Chambord, France

L'Avant-Garde 1960-1976: trois villes, trois collections, Saint-Étienne, France

Dolla, Isnard, Jaccard, Pincemin, Saytour, Valensi, Viallat- Peintures sans châssis, Centre national d'Art contemporain, Paris, France

Nouvelle Peinture en France- Pratiques/Théories, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Étienne, France

Supports/Surfaces, Art et Prospective, Cité universitaire, théâtre de la Cité internationale, Paris, France

Travaux de Dezeuze, Pagès, Saytour, Valensi, Viallat, Foyer International d'Accueil de la Ville, Paris, France
Support-Surface, Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville, ARC, Paris, France
Supports/Surfaces au delà de la peinture
Connaissance des arts - Jean-François Lasnier
November 23, 2017
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Déconstruire disent-ils
Les Inrockuptibles - Ingrid Luquet-Gad
October 25, 2017
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