de Sarthe Gallery will be participating for the second year in Art Taipei. The gallery was established in 1977 in Paris and after being in the United States since 1981 relocated its gallery two years ago to Central, Hong Kong. The gallery has been a leading force in the international art market. The gallery focuses in modern and contemporary masters and has recently done major exhibitions such as Zao Wou Ki: Paintings 1950’s – 1960’s and Chu Teh Chun: Nature in Abstraction.
This year the gallery is pleased to exhibit a series of 18 Hans Hartung paintings from the 70’s which come from the collection of the Hans Hartung Foundation and have never been exhibited before. This series focus on the early 70’s when Hartung started to use, for the first time, vibrant colors such as lemon yellows, intense blues, brick reds, light greens and the ever present black, lending expression to a poetic inspiration which commands the gesture. regarded in Europe as the counterpart of the American abstract expressionists, Hans Hartung’s work is no stranger to Asia as he has been exhibited at the Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung in 1997, the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Nagoya, Japan in 1998 and the The National Art Museum of China, NAMOC, Beijing and the National Museum, Nankin in 2005. He was also a very good friend of Zao Wou-Ki
Also exhibiting at Art Taipei major paintings by Zao Wou-Ki, Chu The-Chun and Wu Guanzhong as well as important artworks by western artist’s such as Bernar Venet and John Wesley. Bernar Venet , whose long and distinguished career dates back to the 1960s, began producing monumental linear improvisations in steel in the early 1980s. His sculptures, considered as his trademark, have been exhibited in major cities worldwide and acquired by the most prestigious museums including the Guggenheim, New York, The National Gallery, Washington, Centre Pompidou, Paris, National Museum of contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. Next spring Bernar Venet will be exhibiting at the Garage in Moscow and show his monumental sculptures in the cities of Shanghai and Moscow. While many artists of his generation such as Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman have used the popular image to explore the cultural landscape, Wesley has employed a comic strip-style and a compositional rigor to make deeply personal, often hermetic paintings that strike at the core of our most primal fears, joys, and desires. John Wesley has exhibited in 2009 Venice Biennale at the Fondazione Prada, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice . A large collection of his work is permanently installed at Donald Judd Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. His work is represented in major collections, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; The Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; and The Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. de Sarthe Gallery also focuses on established Asian Contemporary artist and will bring works by Mariko Mori and Chen Zhen.