musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux

Jean-Luc Blanc

Opéra Rock

// Exhibition book / 2009 / Texts by Alex Farquharson, Thierry Jousse, Melvin Motti, entretien avec Alexis Vaillant / CAPC, Bordeaux ; Sternberg Press, Berlin


As the first major monograph devoted to this French artist, Opéra Rock also describes the experience of the solo show conceived as an ensemble of influences, with the works juxtaposed with those of 45 historical and contemporary artists, as well as with numerous objects, antiques, jewels, glassware, and knick-knacks.  This is the first example of a “group” retrospective. 



“Jean-Luc Blanc mostly paints portraits. A traditional medium and conventional genre, his relate uneasily to portraiture’s genealogy. ... Like phantoms, the people he paints have no corporeality, much less a developed identity; and like actors, his subjects appear ‘in character,’ void of self, projecting the lives of others.” Alex Farqhuarson

“The only reality is the darkroom of the artist’s mind—sensitized by feeling and memory—which develops truth from the minutiae of impressions, to reveal the timeless laws underlying apparent chaos.” Rhonda Lieberman


Artists of the exhibition : Jean-Luc Blanc, Diane Arbus, Dan Attoe, Abel Auer, Michel Blazy, Shannon Bool, Björn Braun, Marguerite Burnat-Provins, Tom Burr, William  S. Burroughs, René Buthaud, Daniel Collasson, William Daniels, Brice Dellsperger, Andreas Dobler, Dee Ferris, Jason Fox, Vidya Gastaldon, Brian Griffiths, Ellen Gronemeyer, Keith Haring, Lothar Hempel, Anna Lea Hucht, Janine Janet, Kim Sanghon, John Kleckner, Pierre Klossowski, Bernd Klauss, Sean Landers, Laurent Le Deunff, Simon Ling, Pierre Molinier, David Noonan, Alessandro Pessoli, Bruno Pelassy, Odilon Redon, Anne Ryan, Victorien Sardou, Steven Shearer, Renee So, Larry Sultan, Vincent Tavenne, Wolfgang Tillmans, Niels Trannois, Jean-Luc Verna, Camille Vivier.


Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibtion at the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux from March to June 2009.

• Design : Sanghon Kim
• Diffusion : Les presses du réel


Public selling price: 25 €

Number of pages: 220 p. 73 Colour ill. (21 x 27 cm)

Language: French / English

ISBN: 978-1-933128-69-6
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