Published by K11 Art Foundation, 2021
Hardcover, 72 pages
30.5 x 22 cm | 12 x 8.5 in
Text in English and Chinese
Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition co-presented with the Consulate General of France by the K11 Art Foundation in Hong Kong and Macau.
From the publisher:
Georges Mathieu was a true pioneer in multiple aspects: Against the tide of Geometrical Abstraction in post-war Paris, he was one of the first artists named as part of the Art Informel movement of gestural expression in art. He is considered the "father of Lyrical Abstraction", as his paintings in the 1940s began to give way to "total liberty to improvisation" in manners of all aesthetics. With his pursuit for speedy, improvised calligraphic gesture, he was a key instigator of performance art, sparking a new era of connection between the School of Paris artists and the emerging Abstract Expressionists in New York — for the first time, painting became pure spectacle.