ISSN: 20455836
First published in 2012
2 issues per volume
Volume 1 Issue 3
Cover Date: December 2012
Été 70: The Plein-Air Exhibitions of Supports-Surfaces
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Authors:  Rosemary O'Neill 
DOI: 10.1386/jcs.1.3.349_1

Supports-Surfaces,Intérieur/Extérieur,Travaux de l’Été 70,plein-air exhibitions,Jacques Lepage,Claude Viallat

In the summer of 1970, artists of the collective Supports-Surfaces installed ephemeral works across the French Mediterranean coastline, a prelude to their first Paris exhi-bition as a named group. Curated by Claude Viallat and Jacques Lepage, and entitled Intérieur/Extérieur, artworks were situated on beaches, hill towns, riverbeds and landscapes in the lower Alps. This article examines how this peripatetic exhibi-tion, and its subsequent re-installation in Travaux de l’Été 70 (1971) at the Jean Fournier Gallery, interrogated the conventional practice of painting by dismantling its material components, challenging its social and political ideology, and sanction-ing artistic autonomy.
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