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Faithful to its taste for a rather minimalist and sensitive art, the ETC gallery has chosen for its next exhibition two renowned artists: the painter Jean Degottex and the sculptor Albert Hirsch, both inclined to the expression of the little and that brings them closer to their thirst. to mix the space of their works with the one around them. The paintings of Jean Degottex presented by the ETC gallery are, among others, "Reports" large format (one blue, the other earth) of 1977 whose freedom gives a little dizzy. They create around them in a transfigured space, an atmosphere of serenity and fullness. In this painter, aesthetics and ethics are not separable. Space, inert in itself, is, in a way, put under tension, that of art. Another canvas, also large format but dating back to 1962, "Writing on a black background" comes, in the face of "Reports", correct the error of judgment very common that made Degottex a gestural painter, while he was always a painter of the void and that the gesture was only a means to reach it. It is true that his gestures have in themselves a grace. The works of sculptor Albert Hirsch are also from different periods. First, a version of the "Great Deployment" that enthralled the poet René Char and has a subtle way of penetrating the space. A large iron sculpture made of three vertical curves barely curved: long vacuum cracks between them, they are dancing and hold a secret. Finally, small slate wall sculptures feverishly question this immemorial material.

Maurice BENHAMOU

Group exhibition