Here is a pen & ink drawing done in 1964 by the French Artist Gerard Titus-Carmel. The drawing is 10-1/4 " X 9-3/4 " and in nice condition with a few spots easily removed by a paper conservator. Gerard was born in Paris on Oct. 10 1942. Gerard acquired his technical mastery of drawing and engraving through his studies at the ecole boulle (19583/4–62), paris, his first exhibited works nevertheless were paintings, to which he attached objects made of fake fur, already at this early stage suggesting the distinction between reality and its imitation. His conceptual experiments were in a similar vein, for example the reconstruction of a landscape by what he termed an 3/4`olfactory operation3/4', the re-creation of the scent of virgin forest. from 1970 he devoted himself entirely to drawing and worked in series on a succession of themes. The first series comprised variations on the idea of rupture, or on that of deterioration, and the distortion of a sphere. Each time it is the relation between the model and the copy that is pursued to the point of exhaustion. The model is thus the true pretext for the drawing, whether it be an objet trouv(c) that he has chosen (e.g. a japanese helmet, or a chromium-plated lamp), or something that he has constructed himself. he often favoured knots and bindings, or the combination of a branch or bit of wood and a piece of cloth, and this approach to an invented reality culminated in the series of 127 drawings based on the pocket-size tlingitt coffin (19753/4–6). Wrestling with this subject for more than a year, titus-carmel described a small object replete with significance from every possible angle and by the most varied techniques of drawing until it was almost worn out. in 1984 he returned to painting, favouring more abstract themes on a large scale.
Titus-Carmel is one of the most written-about contemporary French artists, having been the subject of studies by Jacques Derrida, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Gilbert Lascault, Werner Spies, Jean Pierre Faye, Denis Roche, Jean Louis Schefer, and many others. He is also one of the most widely shown artists of his generation (b. 1942), having received over 90 one3/4–person shows at museums and galleries including The Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris (1971), the 1972 and 1984 Venice Biennales, the Royal College of Art in London (1972), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1973), the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (1975), the Centre Georges Pompidou / Mus(c)e National d'Art Moderne (1978), the Museums of Dusseldorf (1979), Bielefeld (1980), Kassel (1980), Nuremberg (1981), Oslo (1981), Lubceck (1981), Les Sables d'Olonne (1981), Luxemburg, Calais, (1984), Nice, Carcassonne, and Lille (1985), Quebec (1986), Budapest, and Chteauroux (1987), Caen (1989), Montaubon and Avignon (1990), and Tokyo (1991). In addition, the French Cultural Ministry also organized touring exhibits at the Instituts Franais of Stuttgart, Hamburg, Munich, and Bonn (1985), Damascus, Aleppo, Alexandria, Cairo (1990-1991), and Palermo, Naples, and Rome (1991). His works are in the permanent collections of over 90 public institutions including the Guggenheim Museum (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (N.Y. and Paris), the Chicago Art Institute, the Bibliotheque National and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and many others. Museums have twice organized complete retrospectives of his prints (in 1979 and 1991), each time publishing catalogues raisonn(c)s. He has been the subject of seven films, including one produced by the Mus(c)e National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou and RTL T(c)l(c)vision, Luxembourg, and innumerable books, essays, exhibition catalogues, and reviews. Among his awards are first prize at the 2nd International Exposition of Original Drawings at Rijeka (1970), the Grand Prize at the 6th International Print Biennial at Krakow (1976), and the Jurors3/4' Special Award of Honor at the 1977 World Print Competition in San Francisco. Titus-Carmel is deservedly one of the best-regarded painters, draftsmen, and printmakers in the world today.
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