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Portrait of the artist. Photo: Adam Rzepka
Portrait of the artist. Photo: Adam Rzepka

Pierrette Bloch, born in 1928 in Paris, is one of the most renowned French Post-War Abstract artists. Throughout her career, Pierrette Bloch employed everyday materials and simplified motifs. Working with collage, ink on paper, hardboard, rope and horsehair, she developed her favourite forms of reference: dots, lines and hyphens. Exploring the limits between drawing and sculpture as well as the relationship between emptiness and fullness stemming from her spontaneous gestures, Pierrette Bloch would go off on an “adventure”. Aside from collages, from 1971, Bloch also started producing works in China ink on paper. In these pieces, Bloch creating a confrontation between black and white through marks, spots and squirts. These produce graphical, rhythmic drawings. In addition, the ink pictures – white, ivory, black and grey – produce a kind of inscription, whose significance remains a secret kept by the artist alone. All these works bear this stamp whilst also incorporating scraping techniques in the process of their making.

From 1947 to 1948, she studied with André Lhote and Henri Goetz. Her internationally-renowned work has been exhibited in prestigious museums and belongs to numerous public and private collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Foundation Louis Vuitton pour la Création in Paris, the Museum of Jewish Art and History, the Georges Pompidou Centre and the Museum of Modern Art of the city of Paris. Pierrette Bloch died in July 2017 in Paris, France.

Galerie talk on Pierrette Bloch at Galerie Karsten Greve, April 2017

Publications

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2018
Pierrette Bloch. Quelques Traits...

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2015
Pierrette Bloch. Œuvres récentes

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2014
Pierrette Bloch – Point, Line, Poetry

Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany

2013
Pierrette Bloch. Lignes

Maison des Arts, Bages, France

2013-14
Pierrette Bloch. L'intervalle (The Interval)

Musée Jenisch Vevey, Vevey, Switzerland

2011
Pierrette Bloch

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2009
Selected Works

Haim Chanin Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

2009
Pierrette Bloch

Haim Chanin Fine Arts, New York, NY, USA

2009
Pierrette Bloch

Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France

2006
Collages 1953 - 1977

Galerie Lucie Weill & Seligmann, Paris, France

2006

Galerie Marwan-Hoss, Paris, France

2006
Pierrette Bloch

Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France

Group exhibitions
2020
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve Côté Rue, Paris, France

2019-20
Gigantisme – Art et Industrie

FRAC Grand Large - Hauts de France and LAAC, Dunkirk, France

2019
Tissage, Tressage… quand la sculpture défile à Paris

Fondation Villa Datris, Paris, France

2017
Künstlerräume II

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2017
Inextricabilia, enchevêtrements magiques

La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2016
Summer Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2016
Identités plurielles

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2016
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015-16
Winter Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Beyond Horizon. Reflexion on the horizontal line

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2014
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2011-12
On Paper III

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

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