Pascale Marthine Tayou: Colorful Line

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Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York presents Colorful Line, a solo exhibition of works by acclaimed Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou. Curated by Jérôme Sans in collaboration with Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins and Habana, the exhibition is the most ambitious and comprehensive Tayou’s work in the United States and features a range of artworks from 2006 through 2018 such as the monumental installation Plastic Tree, Chalk Fresco A (2015), and Colonne Pascale (2018), and some works created specifically for this show such as the impressive 70-foot-long Code Noir (2018) and a new Graffiti neon series and Bogo Bear (2018).

Colorful Line comments on the continuing problem of racial discrimination in the United States, as well as the reference to colour, which crosses throughout Tayou’s work. The term “Colour Line” was originally used as a reference to the racial segregation after the abolition of slavery. His objects, sculptures, installations, drawings and videos have a recurrent feature in common, they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of a global village.

Born in Nkongsamba 1966, Pascale Marthine Tayou is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Ghent, Belgium and in Yaoundé, Cameroon. A voyager in today’s globalised world, he has created his own vocabulary out of images and forms from the West and beyond—from society’s rejects and waste, national and economic symbols, and artistic references. His works, a profusion of materials and information, hang in the fragile balance, all the while preserving their own logic. Recent solo exhibitions include the Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA (2014); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2014); Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Cameroon (2014); MACRO, Rome, Italy (2012); Le Chemin Lumineux, Lille, France (2012); and Pavillon Paul-Delouvrier, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France.

Colorful Line runs at Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York until August 22, 2018.

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