Blind Faith and Tunnel Vision, 2005
Oil and enamel on panel
78" x 58"
Courtesy of Zach Feuer Gallery,
(October 23 – December 5, 2008)
The work of Jules De Balincourt straddles a difficult line between the raw necessity of folk art and an unexpected mastery of abstraction’s compositional complexities. Recently dubbed by ArtForum as “one of the most challenging painters working today,” the French-born, California-raised artist specializes in marrying a sophisticated yet anarchistic approach to color with deceptively uncomplicated political and social concerns. Drawing from several important private collections, this exhibition will present an overview of De Balincourt’s artistic practice from 2002 to today. It will include his earliest meditations on post 9-11 New York, later works which seem to widen the artist’s concern for the increasingly disjointed nature of “free” society, a rare sculptural centerpiece, and his most recent and previously unseen nonfigurative paintings.
This exhibition is curated by Joseph Whitt and is co-organized by the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and Zach Feuer Gallery, New York.