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galerie du Dragon (1955-1995)

 

I recently noticed that i have several publications by galerie du Dragon in my inventory

Founded in 1955 and always at the location of 19, rue du Dragon in Paris this galerie is together with galerie Denise Rene one of the grand old institutions in the Parisian art scene. For over 40 years they were representing modern artist like Matta and Carelman,

For those who can read french….. Here is a part from an article on the galerie du Dragon in which ll the famous names of the artists that have made a contribution to the gallerie’s fame are mentioned:

Grâce au soutien de nombreux artistes, le jeune poète Max Clarac-Sérou reprend le bail de la librairie et en fait une galerie d’art à partir de 1955, véritable foyer de découvertes et de contacts : la Galerie du Dragon. De jeunes poètes, comme Edouard Glissant, Alain Jouffroy ou Michel Butor y retrouvent des écrivains plus âgés, Henri Michaux ou Gherasim Luca. Ils y croisent des artistes, peintres ou plasticiens, comme Giacometti, Matta ou Victor Brauner. De solides amitiés voient le jour, dans la fréquentation du lieu, où Max Clarac-Sérou ou Cécilia Ayala organisent les expositions : sur l’art cubain contemporain, en 1961, ou sur le thème de Seul, et le corps, en 1966, réunissant pour l’occasion des œuvres de Balthus, Bellmer, César, Cremonini, Dali, Giacometti, Magritte et Matta..

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Jacques CARELMAN (1929-2012)

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Take a little from Marcel Duchamp and mix this with a snuff of Panamarenko….the result CARELMAN

An artist i did never had heard of until a year ago when i bought a small collection of art books and posters and Carelman was present in this collection. Some early Sixties and Seventies publications where in it too and also an early french exhibition poster ( all available at www.ftn-books.com).

It struck me that his name has not become more famous since his art is orgina and authentic and was known well before the name of Panamarenko rose to fame in the late Seventies. (useful) Objects which are rebuild into another object , making them strange and not suitable for anything else than being a rebuild object. a Parody on the Manufrance catalogue from the sixties

Carelman is best known for this Catalog of fantastic things (Catalogue d’objets introuvables) It even has been translated into 19 languages, so Carelmans objdects are well known all ver the world , still his name is almost forgotten by all.