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Philip Taaffe at Jablonka Maruani Mercier Gallery

Jablonka Maruani Mercier opens the season with the American artist Philip Taaffe’s exhibition L’Envoi.The New York-based artist became famous as part of the early-80s Appropriation movement. Taaffe’s...
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Text by Coralie Tilot

Jablonka Maruani Mercier opens the season with the American artist Philip Taaffe‘s exhibition L’Envoi.

The New York-based artist became famous as part of the early-80s Appropriation movement. Taaffe’s work is as dense and as rich and multi-cultural as its inspiration. His unique approach combines abstraction with ornamental art form a variety of cultures, such as Arabic, Asian, Celtic and Pre-Colombian. Acknowledging the great tradition of Abstract Art initiated by Wassily Kandinsky, Frantisek Kupka and Piet Mondrian, Taaffe doesn’t consider form as an end in itself. Multiple cultural references from present and past times appear in his work creating multilayered final images of great complexity and extraordinary beauty.

Brussels Art Days 11–13 September 2015. The exhibition at Jablonka Maruani Mercier will continue until 21 October 2015.

Philip Taaffe / 2012 / Large panel with Row Ornament /Mixed media on wood 61 x 94 cm
Philip Taaffe / 2012 / Large panel with Row Ornament /Mixed media on wood 61 x 94 cm
Philip Taaffe / Biolumen / Mixed technique on canvas / 167 x 143 cm / 2000
Philip Taaffe / Biolumen / Mixed technique on canvas / 167 x 143 cm / 2000
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