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Wifredo Lam (1902-1982)

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A long time overdue and i really do not know why i missed this artist , because if there is one artist from that region i have been following  as long as i have an interest in art it is Wifredo Lam. Full name : Wifredo Oscar de la Concepción Lam y Castilla
It is his compositions filled with abstract almost religious like figures that strcuk me from the beginning. It is a little the same i experience with the painting by Basquiat . Both invented their own art language and filled their paintings with these abstract heads and figures . There is almost half a century between both artists but their paintings have this art language in common and both are favorist of mine. I am not the only one…. Ickecked this on the internet and found an excellent article on the same comparison at: https://medium.com/@lexxbeknown/root-of-self-portraits-basquiat-meets-lam-698ab830deeb

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The reason i finally checked if i ever had written someting on Wifredo Lam is that i just listed one of his important publications. It is the Derrier le Miroir edition no. 52 from 1953, which is now have available in excellent collectable condition. This beside some other Wifredo Lam publications will show the best way why i consider Lam to be one of the greatest from last century.

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Jean Messagier (1920-1999)

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Personally i think Jean Messagier was a true Avant Garde artist. He explored paths and ways of painting well before others did and researched and developed a kind of painting which was typical for his art.

An almost spontaneous movement with the brush makes paintings and watercolors that feel organic, but these works are far from spontaneous, but well thought over works of art . It is the same as with Hans Hartung. The works look existed from some movements with pencil or brush, but designs and sketches prove that the gesture is not spontane and the result not just abstract, but a very well thought over abstract composition which is enlarged for the painting.

The same with Jean Messagier works . It is not necessary to buy an expensive painting by Messagier, because the Maeght gallery made some very nice Derriere le Miroir publication with Messagier and www.ftn-books.com has one of the most sought after CARGO publications with work by Jean Messagier available at its site.

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