IN their latest restaging of historical art, Luxembourg and Dayan present Formless Re-examined at Frieze Masters in London. The display, which opens next month, will showcase work from L’Informe: mode d’emploi, a provocative exhibition curated at the Centre George Pompidou in 1986. L’informe, a concept initiated by philosopher and writer, George Bataille, proposed that art should be reduced to its base materialism or formless state as a tool for creativity. By appropriating l’Informe for the theme of their show, the curators sought to reshape the categories of 20th century art. This exhibition will re-examine formlessness as a creative device once again and consider its relevance today.
Displaying many seminal avant-garde and modernist works, the exhibition will include Andy Warhol’s Oxidation Painting, a visceral composition in metallic paint treated with uric acid and Jean Dubuffet’s gritty work, Aire Mediane Claire.
A highlight of the show is Claes Oldenburg’s gargantuan cigarette butt, Fagend Study on view at the Frieze Sculpture Park. Oldenburg stated, “A life cycle can be imposed on an object. An object can be very energetic and active, and then it has a dying phase and a phase of decomposition.”
Frieze Masters is an annual art fair held in Regents Park which showcases art from antiquity to the late 20th century.
by Miranda Charalambous
The exhibition, Formless Re – Examined opens from 6 – 9 October 2016 at Frieze Masters, Stand D7, Regents Park, London
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Front page image: Andy Warhol, Oxidation Painting, 1978 © Luxembourg & Dayan