Nathalie Du Pasquier: BIG OBJECTS NOT ALWAYS SILENT is a retrospective exploring the prolific creative practice of artist and designer Nathalie Du Pasquier. A founding member of the Italian design collective Memphis, Du Pasquier’s work across painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, and design demonstrates a unique and considered interpretation of space and objects.
The exhibition at ICA is co-curated by Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber (CHE’60) Curator at ICA; and Luca Lo Pinto, curator at Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, where the first iteration of the retrospective was initially conceived and presented by Lo Pinto last fall.
Featuring more than 100 works spanning from the early 1980s to the present, including a number of new and never-before-seen pieces, the exhibition juxtaposes graphic patterns with abstracted, figurative paintings, creating a fully immersive environment that underscores the artist’s systematic dismantling of the hierarchy between design and fine art, and between three-dimensional form and two-dimensional representation.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website
Whether you go or not, the exhibition publication, Nathalie Du Pasquier: Big Objects Not Always Silent, features an extensive conversation with French-born, Italy-based artist Nathalie Du Pasquier (b. 1957) and curator Luca Lo Pinto, as well as numerous short essays provide an informative and subjective view of her artistic practice. During her time with Memphis, she designed patterns for textiles, carpets, objects and furniture, and later, patterns for American Apparel. Since 1987, her main passion has been painting and still life. In honor of the artist's rich career, this very personal two-volume artist book features over 30 years of Du Pasquiers drawings and paintings, plus installation views. Influences range from Africa, Le Corbusier to de Chirico and Morandi.
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