Louis Cane

 ( 1943, Beaulieu-sur-Mer)

Born in 1943, Beaulieu sur Mer, France.
Lives and works in Paris, France.

Education

1961     National School of Decorative Art, Nice, France

1962     National School of Decorative Art, Paris, France

Presentation

Like Jean Cocteau's "Beast", Louis Cane is the prisoner of a magical punishment: the tenderness and generosity of the man behind the Beast remains unperceived. Since the 1960s, Louis Cane has had a monstrous career. He began by ravaging the picture, destroying the stretcher and lacerating the canvas to arrive at the Sol/Mur series. Then the ogre began devouring the Old Masters by thrashing all the various styles, from baroque to japonisme via expressionism and Pop. Even the giant that was Picasso never dared embark on such disturbing subjects as the "women playing at doctor", and nor look squarely at the terrors of childbirth. As Louis Cane declares: "to paint these pictures, you need a great deal of maturity and be in excellent mental health".

Rachel Stella
Louis Cane's Persistent Vision

In 1969 Louis Cane's first gallery exhibition (Givaudan, Paris) consisted of a group of unstretched canvases-- sheets in fact, marked only by continuous rubber stamping of his name. He concluded this exercise in personal branding with the insolently tautological series Louis Cane artiste peintre français.
By 1970 Cane was done with youthful irony, inaugurating a genre of cut-out paintings, the toiles découpées, which he would exploit for several years. Like Jackson Pollock or Helen Frankenthaler, Louis Cane painted on unstretched canvas on the ground. But Cane digested the mentor of these artists, Clement Greenberg, as fast as the avant-garde critic appeared in Peinture: cahiers théoriques, the cutting-edge magazine published by Cane and his radical associates.

Cane's incision in the canvas produces flaps which open a space on the wall. This space is not part of the painting yet remains integral to the picture. Thus, his paintings, which interact with both the floor plane and the wall, investigate the space of non-representation (what is cut out) and integrate it within the painting.
Last century, one saw these paintings as the formalist realization of a praxis. Today we are more tempted to admire the economy of means and the visual polyvalence. Back then, Louis Cane questioned pictorial space by considering Chinese painting. To liberate himself from the conventions of Renaissance perspective without renouncing pictorial space it was necessary to start with discourse. Today only the painting endures, and with it the work's persisting pertinence.

Rachel Stella





















Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Louis Cane, Paris
June 03 - August 01, 2009

Louis Cane, Luxembourg
November 11, 2010 - January 08, 2011

Louis Cane, Paris
December 09, 2010 - January 22, 2011

Louis Cane, Saint-Étienne
February 02 - May 07, 2012

Louis Cane, Paris
June 08 - July 28, 2012

Louis Cane , Paris
January 25 - March 23, 2014

LOUIS CANE, Paris
April 09 - May 23, 2015

Vite... 2/3 de chaque, Louis Cane 1966-2016, Wandhaff
June 04 - July 30, 2016

LOUIS CANE, Paris
June 09 - July 23, 2016

Louis Cane, Paris
December 14, 2017 - February 03, 2018

Louis Cane, New York
October 02 - December 01, 2018


Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Inflatable tear, New York
January 23 - February 24, 2018

10 YEARS in Luxembourg, Wandhaff
June 02 - August 04, 2018

The Surface of the East Coast: Différance , New York
July 12 - September 29, 2018


Solo Shows

2017
Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, France

2016
Résines, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France
Vite... 2/3 de chaque, Louis Cane 1966-2016, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Wandhaff, Luxembourg

2015
Barley Sugar, Galerie T293, Rome, Italy
Galerie Patricia Low, Gstaad, Switzerland
Galerie B.C. Beaubourg, Paris, France
1974, Galerie Torri, Paris, France

2014
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France

2013
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France

2012
Galerie Marlborough, Monaco
Voyage dans la peinture 1, Mamac, Nice, France
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint Etienne, France
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France

2011
Galerie Hélène Trintignant, Montpellier, France
La Roche Guyon, France
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

2010
Musée de la tapisserie, Aix en Provence, France
Abbaye Saint André - Contemporary Art center, Meymac, France
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France

2009
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France
Galerie Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan

2008
Galerie LJ Beaubourg, Paris, France
Galerie Moderne Art, Monaco
Museum of modern Art, Monaco
Pavillon Vendôme, Aix en Provence, France
Galerie Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan

2007
Peintures et Sculptures, Galerie Amini Art, Monaco
Le fond de scène, Université des sciences, Nice, France
Peintures résine sur grillage, Galerie LJ Beaubourg Fair, Paris, France
Galerie Moderne Art, Monaco
Galerie Trintignan, Montpellier, France

2006
Peintures, Galerie Amini, Monaco
Château Musée Grimaldi, les peintures et les véhicules libello-tractés 1995/2005, Monaco

2005
Itineris, a via Crucis for Ofena, Ofena, Italy
Couples enlacés, Ménines et Peintures abstraites sur résine, Galerie Gana, Seoul, South Corea

2004
Peinture de Louis Cane, L'Espal, Le Mans, France
Lapidation, Galerie 14, Paris, France
Peintures, Arkos, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Peintures, Galerie Carnot, Avignon, France
Nativités II,Galerie 14, Paris, France

2003
Photos-peintures, Galerie 14, Paris, France
Peintures - Sculptures, Galerie Marlborough, Monaco

2002
Une femme joue avec des Fly-Tox, Galerie 14, Paris, France
Peintures et Sculptures, Galerie Trintignan, Montpellier, France
Les véhicules libello-tractés, Galerie 14, Paris, France

2001
Les Fleurs, Galerie 14, Paris, France
Aux alentours de Nice, Galerie Marlborough, Nice, France
L'Esprit des couleurs, Galerie 14, Paris, France

2000
Narcisse blessé, Passage de Retz, Paris, France
Le Nu contemporain, Palais de l'Europe, Menton, France
Peintures, Villa Saint-Cyr, Bourg-La-Reine, France
Nativité, peintures, Galerie 14, Paris, France

1999
Décoration, Musée Tecla Sala, Barcelona, Spain
Galerie Arkos, Clermont-Ferrand, France

1998
Galerie Le rire bleu, Figeac, France
Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France

1997
Museum of modern Art, Skoplié, Macedonia
Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France
Galerie Rachelin-Lemarié, Paris, France
Tefaf Maastricht, The Netherlands
Galerie Piltzer, Paris, France

1996
Galerie Jacques Girard, Toulouse, France
Galerie Patricia Dorfman, Paris, France
Les anges et véhicules libello-tractés, 1985/1995, Museum of contemporary Art, Issoudun, France
Manoir de Coligny, Geneva, Switzerland

1995
Institut Français, Florence, Italy
Museum of contemporary Art, Cambrai, France
Nymphéas à Chiba, Kawamura Memorial Museum, Kurashiki, Japan
City Museum, Hokkaido, Japan
Museum of modern Art, Takaoka, Japan
Terres cuites, Musée National de la Céramique, Faenza, Italy
Les meubles et objets décoratifs, Galerie 29, New York, USA

1994
Musée de l'Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France
Institut Français, Galerie Bonomo, Athens, Greece
Institut Français, Bari, Italy

1993
Centre Culturel, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Museum der Bildenden Künste à Leipzig, Germany
Galerie Marianne et Pierre Nahon, Vence, France

1992
La Statengalerie, La Haye, The Netherlands
Galerie Hélène Trintignan, Montpellier, France
Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Westfällisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany
Centre Municipal Loisirs et Rencontres, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Manifeste, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1991
Musée Municipal de Bellas Artes, Santander, Spain
Fondation Deutsch Belmont, Lausanne, Switzerland
Galerie Art-Concept, Nice, France
Galerie Bjorn Olsson, Stockholm, Sweden
Sculptures, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France

1990
Nymphéas, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France
Galerie Reckermann, Cologne, Germany
Musée Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France
Exposition chez Robert Skalli, Fondation Fortant de France, Sète, France
Casa del Monte, Madrid, Spain

1989
Sculptures, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France
Ménines, Galerie Haranobu, Okada, Japan

1988
Crucifixions, Galerie Gill Favre, Lyon, France
Sculptures, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France
Peintures, Galerie de la Gare, Bonnieux, France

1987
Une vue d'ensemble de dix ans de peinture, figurative et abstraite, les inédits de Louis Cane, Musée de Toulon, Toulon, France

1986
Peintures et sculptures, Galerie Brompton, London, UK
Galerie Reckermann, Cologne, Germany

1985
Déluges, Galerie Templon, Paris, France
Sculptures, Galerie Beaubourg, Paris, France

1984
Carnifex, Galerie de France, Paris, France

1983
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence, France

1982
Léo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA

1981
Toiles figuratives, Galerie Templon, Paris, France

1979
Galerie Art in Progress, Düsseldorf ; Munich, Germany

1978
Kunsthalle de Bielefeld, Germany

1977
Léo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA
National museum of modern Art - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Saint-Damien parle à Saint-François, Dokumenta 6, Kassel, Germany

1976
Louisiana Museum, Denmark
Museum of contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada

1972
Sol/Mur, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Galerie Lia Rumma, Naples, Italy

1971
Galerie Templon, Paris, France

1969
Galerie Givaudan, Paris, France

Group Shows

2018
Inflatable Tear, Ceysson & Bénétière, USA
Jerry, Show Me Love!, Galerie Derouillon, Paris, France
Is this how men live? The Maeght Foundation Collection, Foundation Maeght, Saint-paul-de-vence, France

2016
Recto verso, Prada Foundation, Milan, Italy
Passages. Vers une abstraction habitée, Musée de l'abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les sables d'Olonne, France

2015
France-Italie, Palazzo delle Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin, Italy
Supports/Surfaces…et après, Abbaye de Beaulieu en Rouergue, France
Arts et Textiles, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany

2014
Supports/Surfaces is alive and well, Galerie Cherry & Martin, Los Angeles, USA
Supports/Surfaces, Galerie CANADA, New York, USA
Supports/Surfaces, curated by : Wallace Whitney, Reed College, Portland, USA

2013
Bonjour Mr Matisse, Mamac, Nice, France

2012
Voyage dans la peinture 1, Mamac, Nice, France

2007
Le fond de scène, Université des Sciences, Nice, France

2002
Supports/Surfaces, Galerie Dorsky, New York, USA
Les Années 70: L'Art en cause, Museum of contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France

2001
L'Esprit Supports/Surfaces, Musée d'Histoire du Shaanxi, Xi'An, Shaanxi, China

2000
Supports/Surfaces, travelling exhibit : Museum of contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan; Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, Brasil; Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

1999
Les Années Supports/Surfaces, travelling exhibit : Culture House, Namur, Belgium ; Museum Sztuki w Lodzi, Lodz, Poland ; Palazzo delle esposizioni, Rome, Italy ; Taidemuseo, Porl, Finland
Le Seuil de Peinture, Centre d'exposition "Della Rocca Paolina", Perugia, Italy

1998
Supports/Surfaces, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

1995
With Daniel Dezeuze and Claude Viallat, Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai, France

1993
Supports/Surfaces, travelling exhibit in Japan
Musée Denys Puech, Rodez, France

1991
Supports/Surfaces, Museum of modern Art, Saint-Etienne, France
Supports/Surfaces, Galerie Le Chanjour, Nice, France
Galerie d'Art et d'Essai, Paris, France

1990
Supports/Surfaces, Château de Chambord, France

1979
Museum of modern Art - A.R.C., Paris, France

1972
Galerie Françoise Lambert, Milan, Italy

1970
Supports/Surfaces, Museum of modern Art - A.R.C., Paris, France
2006
Louis Cane, Peintures 1963-2005 , Editions de la Différence, Galerie 14, Paris

1994
Curator Dominique Dupuis-Labbé, Les Nymphéas et Louis Cane , Réunion des Musées Nationaux

1991
L. Cane, Résistance de l'accélérateur vertical, Galerie d'Art et d'Essai, Paris
Marie-Hélène Grinfeder, Les Années Support-Surface

1990
Ph. Sollers Louis Cane peintre français, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris
A. Hindry Royer Louis Cane le grand bain de la peinture
Ph.Certeron, "Les floralies de Louis Cane", Le Nouvel Observateur, 1990

1985
J. Henric, Le déluge étendu jusqu'à la peinture, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
P. Cabanne, "Trois fois Cane", Le Matin, December 19th 1985

1984
D. Abadie, "Louis Cane, entretien", Beaux-Arts Magazine, n°9, January 1984

1983
Interview with L. Cane and C. Saint-Jacques, Paroles sur l'Art Moderne, Saint Paul, Fondation Maeght
M. Braudeau, "Louis Cane : la peinture et la loi", Art Press International, n°70, May1983
Ch. Bertaux, "De la sidération", Peintures, Cahiers Théoriques, n°16/17, March 1983

1982
M. Braudeau, "Louis cane", L'Express , January 1982

1977
L. Cane and M. Pleynet, La feinte de la vue, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris

1976
Louis Cane, Le Métier de Peintre, l'Espace du corps, à propos de deux tableaux , Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal

1972
M.Pleynet, Quelques problèmes de la peinture moderne : Louis Cane , Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris

1970
M. Devade and D. Dezeuze, Les Toiles systématiquement tamponnées de Louis Cane & Notes sur un peintre opérant dans de beaux draps, Galerie Daniel Templon

Louis Cane vraiment abstrait à la galerie Ceysson & Bénétière

Connaissance des arts - Françoise Chauvin

January 26, 2018


Supports/Surfaces au delà de la peinture

Connaissance des arts - Jean-François Lasnier

November 23, 2017


Déconstruire disent-ils

Les Inrockuptibles - Ingrid Luquet-Gad

October 25, 2017


Supports/Surfaces

New York Times - Roberta Smith

June 27, 2014


Supports / Surfaces: Revival and reminiscences at the FIAC

Le Quotidien de l'art - Roxana Azimi

October 26, 2013


FIAC 2016

FIAC 2016

October 18, 2016


Louis Cane, Vite... 2/3 de chaque

Louis Cane, Vite... 2/3 de chaque

June 04, 2016