About the Presentation
Galerie Hervé Bize will exhibit paintings and works on paper by Jack Youngerman (1926-2020), a pioneering figure in post-painterly abstraction. This solo presentation will focus on the 1950s and 60s, a key moment of transition in his career. After college and naval service, Youngerman studied on the G.I. Bill at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, his adopted home from 1947 to 1956. Alongside friends and contemporaries such as Ellsworth Kelly and François Morellet, he helped to redefine abstraction through organic forms and brilliant color contrasts. Youngerman’s return to America in 1956 brought him into the artistic community of Coenties Slip in Lower Manhattan—within walking distance of Independent 20th Century’s location today. The fair presentation anticipates the artist’s inclusion in Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962, a major survey exhibition organized by the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, opening in February 2024.
About the Gallery
Since its creation in Nancy 34 years ago (Hervé Bize was 22), the gallery has pioneered contemporary art in the East of France. Its activity is shared between two poles: one linked to its geographical position, close to the Centre Pompidou-Metz and equidistant from Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt and Basel, and the other in New York where continuous projects have been developed since 2007.
The gallery constantly draws attention to artists of different generations in order to build a dialogue between processes created in different places and at different moments in the history of contemporary art, but which, through the choice of varied media, find common grounds of approach and experimentation.
In 2009-2022, Hervé Bize presented exhibitions, solo or thematic, at international art fairs such as The Armory Show, New York; Art Basel, Basel; Frieze New York; FIAC, Paris; Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles; Paris Internationale; Independent New York, Independent 20th Century, Independent Brussels; Art Genève; Zona Maco, Mexico..
Hervé Bize has established a field of expertise that allows him to write and publish books and catalogues on a regular basis. He is also an occasional curator and in 2023 he curated the exhibition André Cadere, Expanding Art for the Fondation CAB in Brussels (March 7 - July 15).
Jack Youngerman, Angling, 1952, courtesy Jack Youngerman Archive and Galerie Hervé Bize
Portrait of Jack Youngerman, Coenties Slip studio, New York, March 1958, photography by Hans Namuth, courtesy Jack Youngerman Archive and Galerie Hervé Bize