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Raoul Reynolds : a Retrospective - book launch

18:30 on 12 May 2018
Friche la Belle de Mai

A name that clears your throat, catches your ear and ends up infiltrating your thoughts. If you have not heard of Raoul Reynolds, that comes as no surprise. In the shadows he remained, in silence. Raoul Reynolds was one whose many dark paths in life— despite ardent investigation — leave us with countless unanswered questions.
Raoul Reynolds was a pedlar, a confidence trickster, a camelot of art, a storybook character thumbing his nose at History with a capital H as it speeds unforgivingly by, retaining only its handful of chosen ones to blacken its pages and fill up our libraries. Here, we are offered another experience: change the angle and look at the margin. Artist, his default role, he used as a cover for his life of secrets while creating works of art as if they were gateways that would enable him to cross through time. He would be beaten at his own game though, while furiously creating pieces with enough impertinence to assimilate and crystallise myriad 20th century artistic movements. Alternately a surrealist and a minimalist, he would overcome stylistic barriers and wear the most unexpected masks. It was more particularly at the end of his life, though, during exile, that he let himself indulge totally, undistractedly in art.
Here is a retrospective path, a set of works attributed to him, a hypothetical stack where our certainties sometimes give way to doubts, and doubts give way to stories fuelled by our own fantasies.

A project by: Amandine Guruceaga & Francesca Zappia

Authors: Jenny Brownrigg, Timothée Chaillou, Guillaume Condello, Anna Dezeuze, Amandine Guruceaga, Éric Mangion, Francesca Zappia

With the participation of:
Stéphanie Cherpin, Helen de Main, Sandro Della Noce, Guillaume Gattier, Amandine Guruceaga, Benjamin Marianne, James McLardy, Douglas Morland, Philippe Murphy, Alys Owen, Bobby Niven, Emilie Perotto

Concept: Benjamin Diguerher, Amandine Guruceaga, Francesca Zappia

Graphic design : Asia Trianda

Published by: Poursuite & TANK Art Space

Format 17 × 24 cm  
164 pages 

May 2018
ISBN : 978-2-490140-05-3

The book has been published within the frame of the programme Love Letters – Printemps de l’art contemporain and of MP2018, Quel Amour !
TANK Art Space is supported by MP2018, Institut Français Paris, Ville de Marseille, Marseille-Expos, La Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Friche la Belle de Mai



Posted by: Francesca Zappia