in 1932, Henri Maccheroni became known in the sixties for
his large post-surrealist, biomorphic canvases. Later,
in various series of paintings, such as Unfinished Worlds
and The Night Ones, he systematically attempted to question
the myths of Western art, and to design each work as a
blueprint for a new form of aesthetic writing. During the
seventies, he developed and theorized a new genre of "socio-critical" art
(Cupboard with Bottles, Gift for the Partisans of the Death
Penalty). Since 1968, photography has become an important
part of his oeuvre. One of his most famous series consists
of 2000 photographs of the sex of a woman. Other series
include Skull-Meditations and several Great Archaeologies.
Photography is involved in many of his collages (Manhattan-Grey).
Maccheroni also works with engraving (etching, dry-point,
heliogravure) as well as watercolour and ink-washes. In
1982 he co-founded the National Centre of Contemporary
Art in Nice. As a painter, photographer and engraver, Maccheroni
has collaborated with numerous poets and writers such as
Michel Butor, Jean-François Lyotard, Pierre Bourgeade
and Claude Louis-Combet. His work has been featured in
many journals including Obliques, Nue, Artitude and Phase.
He has been widely exhibited in Europe and in 2006 featured
in an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.
The exhibition in the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge
in May 2007, organised by Jean Khalfa, was the first major
British retrospective of his work.
and numbered edition of Maccheroni Book/Works which
includes original drawings by the artist is available
from the publisher.
more information please contact
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