Jonathan Lasker

 ( 1948, Jersey City, US)

Biographie

Né en 1948 à Jersey City, Jonathan Lasker étudie à New York à la School of Visual Arts. Il poursuit ses études d’art visuel dans le fameux California Institute of Arts, plus connu sous le nom de CalArts, situé dans la banlieue de Los Angeles. Dans les années 70, c’est alors le bastion des jeunes artistes conceptuels, génération qui considère que la peinture est morte et qu’elle est tout au plus une activité naïve.
Jonathan Lasker, qui voit la peinture comme une évidence se rebelle alors contre le conceptualisme ambiant. Inspiré, entre autres, par deux professeurs, Richard Artschwager et Susan Rothenberg, il redonne un souffle à la peinture en introduisant sur des éléments picturaux basiques tels que la ligne et la couleur, une texture souvent monochrome. Ce vocabulaire nouveau s’inspire des peintres minimalistes, tels que Frank Stella, Brice Marden, et Robert Ryman.
Sur la toile, Lasker développe un language formel. Il y dispose comme des lieux superposés de marques tangibles, distinctes les unes des autres dans lesquels il assemble souvent couleurs primaires ou secondaires. Ses couleurs sont vives, intenses, contrastées. Elles peuvent former un parcours de lignes fluides ou, au contraire, un tracé qui se creuse dans la matière créant une accumulation de peinture sur les bords. Cette impression d’impasto ou de fluidité crée des temporalités très différentes dans la lecture du tableau. Contrôlées et structurées, ses compositions oscillent entre intuition et analyse. Lasker cherche un système pictural qui se justifie à lui-même amenant le spectateur à la limite du réflexe instantané d’une identification avec la figuration.
Il est intéressant de considérer les titres de ses tableaux ; The Boundary of Luck and Evidence (La frontière entre la chance et l’évidence), Life without thought, (vie sans pensée), ou Illusions of the self (Des illusions du soi). Ils soulignent bien le parallélisme que l’artiste entretient entre la nature à la fois dialectique et physique de ses marques sur la toile tel le tracé abstrait de mots.
Depuis les années 80, Lasker a exposé régulièrement tant aux Etats-Unis qu’en Europe ; ICA, Philadelphie, Hirschhorn Museum, Washington DC, Kunsthalle Bielefeld et Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam en 1997-1998. Il a participé à la Documenta en 1992 à Kassel. En 2003, Lasker a eu une rétrospective majeure au Reina Sofia à Madrid et à la K-20 Kunstsammlung Nord Westphalia à Düsseldorf.
Il est aussi représenté dans les meilleures collections au monde, au MoMA et au Whitney Museum à New York, à la Eli Broad Foundation, Los Angeles. En Europe, son travail fait partie des collections du Centre Pompidou, Paris, du musée Reina Sofia, Madrid et du Museum Ludwig, Cologne.
Expositions de groupe à la galerie
La Ligne Passée, Luxembourg
30 Juin - 16 Septembre 2012


Expositions personnelles

2008
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
2007
Galerie Sabine Knust - Maximilian Verlag, Munich, Germany
2007
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
2007
Cheim & Read Gallery, New York
2006
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
2006
Galerie Alain Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium
2006
From Drawing to Painting to Drawing, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
2005
Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy
2005
Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland
2004
Coloured Scribbles, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2003
Jonathan Lasker Retrospective, Museo Nacional Centrade Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Travelling to: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
2002
Drawing and Painting, Sperone Westwater , New York, USA
2002
Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
2002
Jonathan Lasker, Galeri Wang, Oslo, Norway
2001
Jonathan Lasker, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
1999
The Forum for Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO, USA
1999
The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
1999
Rose Ar tMuseum,Brandeis University, MA
1999
Jonathan Lasker, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA
1997
Jonathan Lasker, Velge et Noirhomme, Brussels, Belgium
1997
Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris France
1997
Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Kienzle und Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany
1997
Jonathan Lasker, Galleria Milleventi, Torino, Italy
1997
Jonathan Lasker, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St Louis, USA
1995
Jonathan Lasker, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
1993
Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1992
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pensylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Expositions de groupe

2009
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
2008
Out of Storage – Peintures de la Collection MUDAM, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg
2007
Atomations, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
2007
Conversations - Artist and Collector, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
2007
PAINT IT BLUE - Werke aus der ACT Art Collection / Siegfried Loch, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
2006
Broken Surface, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany
2006
Patrick Heron, Jonathan Lasker, Katie Pratt, John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, Southampton, England
2006
hot spring in autumn, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
2006
Affinities, Centre Européen d’Action Artistiques, Strassbourg, France
2006
The 181st Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York
2006
Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
2006
Modern and Contemporary Master Drawings, Connaught Brown Gallery, London, England
2006
Summer Eyes/Summarize, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
2006
Gunnar A. Kaldewey: Artist Books for a Global World, Four Collaborations in Depth, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
2006
Paint it Blue- Werke aus der ACT Art Collection Siegfried Loch, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
2006
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
2002
Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Kiezle und Gmeiner, Berlin, Germany
2002
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany, UK
2001
New paintings, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, USA
2001
Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, The Centre of Contemporary Art, “American Art from the Goetz Collection, Munich”
2001
Between Language and Form, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA
2000
Jonathan Lasker (Complete Print Survey), Jan Weiner, Kansas City, USA
2000
Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris France
2000
Arte Americana; Ultimo Decennio, Museo d Arte della Citta di Ravenna, Ravenna, Italy
1999 - 2000
Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, Paintings from the 1990s, St. Louis, MO, USA; Toronto, Canada; Birmingham, AL, USA
1999
In Site: Constructing the JCC Collection, Johnson County College, Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KS, USA
1999
Birmingham Museum of Art, AL, Jonathan Lasker: Selective Identity, Paintings from the 1990s
1998
Jonathan Lasker, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
1998
Jonathan Lasker, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain
1998
Pop/Abstraction, Museum of American Art of Pennsylvania Academy of F.A. Philadelphia, PA, USA
1998
ART C. Association Art Contemporain Ville d'Issoire, France
1997 - 1998
Jonathan Lasker: Paintings 1977-1997, Germany; The Netherlands; Switzerland
1997 - 1998
Jonathan Lasker, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
1997
Abstraction/Abstractions--Géometries Provisoires, Musée d'Art Moderne: curators DeChassey & Morineau St. Étienne, France
1996
Playpen & Corpus Delirium, Kunsthalle Zurich Zurich, Switzerland
1996
Jonathan Lasker: New Paintings, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA (cat.)
1995
Sarah Campell Blaffer Gallery (& other locations) University of Houston, TX, USA
1993
The Permanent Collection Revisted, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Washington, DC, USA
1989
Horn of Plenty, Stedelijk Museum, curator Gosse Oosterhof Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1985
Vernacular Abstraction, Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
1981
Patrick Verelst, Antwerp, Belgium
2006
Brita Sachs, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 11, "Endlosschleifen: Jonathan Lasker bei Ropac in Salzburg", Illus: "The World is My Garden", color, p. 52
2006
Johanna Hofleitner, Die Presse: Schaufenster, January 20, "Schauplätze: Jonathan Lasker bei Ropac", Illus: "The World Is My Garden", color, p.55
2006
Susan Shatter, Annette Blaugrund and Nancy Malloy, The 181st Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary Art, catalogue essays for group exhibition at National Academy Museum, New York, paperbound, 159 pp., Illus: "Reasonable Assembly", color, p. 75
2006
Mark Cheetham, Abstract Art Against Autonomy: Infection, Resistance, and Cure Since the 60s. Cambridge Univesity Press, hardbound, 177 pp.
2006
Rupert Mason, Wessex Scene, May 9, 2006, "Abstract Art From Three Generations", Illus: "Canaletto", "Perspect Meadows", b/w
2006
Brandon Taylor, Viewpoint, March 2006, "Freedom and Constraint: Three Painters at the Hansard", Illus: "Canaletto", b+w, p. 1
2006
Serge Hautmann, DNA, April 15th, 2006, "Les affinities de Dejean et Gangloff"
2006
CEAAC, Affinités: Cahier Pedagogique, Centre European d’Actions Artistiques Contemporaines (CEAAC), Illus: ""Town and Country", color, p. 18
2003
Raphael Rubinstein, A Quiet Crisis, Art in America, March, pp. 39-45
2003
Jonathan Lasker 1977-2003, Pinturas Dibujos Estudios, catalogue, Museo Nacional Centre de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
2002
Dimetrio Paparoni, Jonathan Lasker Paintings 1977-2001, Milano
2002
Sven Lütticken, Allegories of Abstraktion, Diss. Vrjie Universiteit, Amsterdam
2002
Sid Sachs, essay in the catalogue: Transcendent & Unrepentant, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2002
David Ryan, Joseph Masheck, Talking Painting. Dialogues with Twelve Contemporary Abstract Painters, New York
2001
September 29, - 2001 September 29 Allgardh, Sophie, ‘Jonathan Lasker at Galleri Lars Bohman’, Svenska Dagbladet, September 29th
2001
September 28 Johnson, Ken, ‘Boxy at Dee/Glasoe’, The New York Times, September 28th, p. E36
2001
Keiper, Elke; Jakob, Susanne & Merkel, Klaus, ‘Die Sammlung als Bild: Kugelkopf’, catalogue essays for group exhibition at Staedtische Galerie Waldkraiburg
2001
Milazzo, Richard, ‘The Disaters of Painting’, ‘Caravaggio on the Beach: Essays on Art in the 1990’s’, Editions d’Afrique du Nord
2001
Anonymous, ‘Working Proof; Jonathan Lasker’, Art On Paper, February, p. 79
2001
Gauthier, Michel, ‘Mona dans l’espace: Sur les Native Drawings de Pascal convert’, Les Cahiers de Musée Nationale d’Art Moderne, No. 75, Spring, pp. 5-21
2001
Juncosa, Enrique, ‘the thrill of Seeing: Willem de kooning and Postmodern Painting’, catalogue essay for exhibition at IVAM, Valencia, Spain and Fundació, pp. 9-29
2001
Ryan, David, ‘Visible thoughts: An Interview with jonathan Lasker’, Art Papers, September/October, pp. 28-33
2001
Smolik, Noemi, et al. ‘American Art from Goetz collection’, catalogue essays for group exhibition at Rudolfinum Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic
2001
Burkard, Lene; Steffensen, Erik; Cameron, Dan; et al., ‘Patters: Between Object and Arabesque’, catalogue essays for group exhibition at Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Ddenmark
2000
Thorson, Alice, Driven to Abstraction, The Kansas City Star, 16 January, 2000, pp. J1, J4.
2000
Kastner, Jeffrey, Jonathan Lasker; Sperone Westwater, Artnews, Vol 99, No. 2, February 2000, p. 163
2000
Gofrey, Tony, Jonathan Lasker: the dialectics of touch, contemporary visual arts, issue 28, pp.22-27
2000
Arte Americana; Ultimo Decennio, exhibition catalogue, 2000, Museo d Arte della Citta di Ravenna/Edizioni Gabriele Mazzotta, p. 79 & 80
2000
Jonathan Lasker, Tema Celeste retrospective, excerpt from Codici di gestualità, Jonathan Lasker, conversazione con Demetrio Paparoni, January 1990, Summer 2000, p. 151
2000
Schwabsky, Barry, Jonathan Lasker, Artforum, September 2000, p. 175
2000
Bonetti, David, Gallery Watch, San Francisco Examiner, October 12, 2000, C-11
2000
Baker, Kenneth, Odd Abstractions, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 October 2000, p. D2
2000
Gian Enzo Sperone; Torino, Roma, New York; 35 Anni di Mostra tra Europa e America, 2000, p. 370, 402-403, 456
2000
Da Warhol al 2000, Palazzo Cavour, Regione Piemonte, exhibition catalogue, 2000, p. 73
1999
Essays, 1984–1998. Essays published in Likovne Besede Artwords, no. 47-48, Mai1999, Slovenia, pp. 57-69, 86-87.
1998
Jonathan Lasker: Complete Essays, 1984–1998. Published by Edgewise Press, New York, Paris, Turin, paperbound, 62 pp.
1996
Sleep and Poetry: The Consciousness of Animals, essay published in Art & Design no. 48: Painting in the AgeofArtificial Intelligence
1995
Plastic Made Perfect: Measuring Mondrian: New Math. Published in Artforum, September
1994
Willelm De Kooning: Paintings for the Living. Published in Jong Holland, issue #1/94
1994
Beauty in the Age of Roadkill. Published in 99, Turn of the Century Magazine, fall issue
1991
Pariahs. Essay published in An Anthology of Statements: White Columns, Collins & Milazzo, Editors
1989
Not A First. A book of drawings by Jonathan Lasker and poetry by John Ashbery, published by the Kaldewey Press Poestenkill, NY
1988
Racing Form. Essay published in Journal of Contemporary Art, volume 1/number 2
1987
Abstraction After Itself. Essay published in Corcoran Gallery of Art Biennial catalogue
1987
Falling In Lava. Essay published in Eugene Leroy, catalogue for exhibition at Musée d Art Moderne Villeneuve d Asco
1986
Untitled essay. Effects Magazine, winter issue
1986
After Abstraction. Published in What It Is, catalogue for exhibition at Tony Shafrazi Gallery
1981
Cave Pictures. A book of drawings by Jonathan Lasker and poetry by Everett Potter. Published by the Kaldewey Press, Düsseldorf, Germany