Full tilt: Bernard Frize’s contemporary drip paintings at Galerie Perrotin

Installation view
Bernard Frize's contemporary, colourful drip paintings have made their way to Gallerie Perrotin in New York for a new exhibition called 'Dawn comes up so young'. Pictured: installation view
(Image credit: Claire Dorn)

While Paris- and Berlin-based painter Bernard Frize is best known in Europe, he is now receiving his dues with Galerie Perrotin’s ‘Bernard Frize: Dawn comes up so young’, which happens to be the New York gallery’s first solo show devoted to his oeuvre. The stately brick Georgian building is the perfect setting for Frize’s paintings, which owe a nod to Morris Louis’ acclaimed diaphanous drip endeavors.

Mixing synthetic resin with acrylic paint, Frize turns to a subtle palette of pink, lavender and blue, tilting the canvas slightly so the paint flows to the very bottom. There’s a performative aspect to his technique; with the artist’s fluid application of paint, he explains that his objective is for the work ‘to make itself’. This approach is perfectly encapsulated in the works Capiteux, Elfuenté and Fragante, in which the top of the canvas is anchored by an amorphous form in black. All were completed last year.

And while his thin fluid application of paint may seem spontaneous, Frize is exacting. Frequently, he will complete a total of ten paintings, rejecting nine of them. Many of the other works on show rely on amorphous geometric shapes.

With Frize’s work represented in the collections of the Tate, Centre Pompidou, the MoMA, and a slew of museums in Switzerland and Vienna, this exhibition is certain to cement the artist’s Stateside reputation.

The stately brick Georgian gallery

The stately brick Georgian gallery building is the perfect setting for Frize’s paintings, which owe a nod to Morris Louis’s acclaimed diaphanous drip endeavors. Pictured left: Notos, 2015. Right: Füjin, 2015

(Image credit: Claire Dorn)

Frize's ouevre

The length and breadth of Frize's ouevre has been represented, with work from the period 1992–2015 featured

(Image credit: Claire Dorn)

Subtle palette of pink, lavender and blue

Mixing synthetic resin with acrylic paint, Frize turns to a subtle palette of pink, lavender and blue, tilting the canvas slightly so the paint flows to the very bottom

(Image credit: Claire Dorn)

Frize's thin fluid application

While Frize's thin fluid application of paint may seem spontaneous, he is exacting. Frequently, he will complete a total of ten paintings and reject nine

(Image credit: Claire Dorn)

Centre Pompidou

With Frize’s work represented in the collections of the Tate, Centre Pompidou, the MoMA, and a slew of museums in Switzerland and Vienna, this exhibition is certain to cement the artist’s Stateside reputation. Pictured left: Ubos, 1993. Right: Upir, 1992

(Image credit: Claire Dorn)

INFORMATION

‘Bernard Frize: Dawn comes up so young’ is on view until 18 June. For more information, visit the Galerie Perrotin website (opens in new tab)

Photography: Claire Dorn. Courtesy the artist / ADAGP, Paris & ARS, New York, 2016

ADDRESS

Galerie Perrotin
909 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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