Julio Le Parc Book
This publication was released in conjunction with Julio Le Parc’s exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries in London (25 November 2014 – 15 February 2015). It presents, for the first time, Le Parc’s unseen series of drawings and sketches, making evident the links between his (light) installations and his drawings. The book also includes a new poem by Le Parc: Written for the book originally in Spanish, Mano, no me olvides (Hand, Don’t Forget Me) reflects the idea of ‘freehand drawings’ presented within the publication. The poem is also a reference to the role that artists may play in social engagement. Writer and filmmaker Edgardo Cozarinsky contributes to the publication with a fictional interview between Le Parc and the late Italian artist Lucio Fontana. Between 1943 and 1946 Fontana was Le Parc’s professor at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and the text links their practices, references art movements that influenced them and situates Le Parc’s work in a wider historical context.
Julio Le Parc was born in Mendoza, Argentina in 1928 and currently lives and works in Paris where he has resided since the late 1950s. In 1964 he was awarded the Special Prize (acquisition) in the Premio Internacional Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in 1966, the International Painting Grand Prix at the XXXIII Venice Biennale, Italy. Following his expulsion from Paris in 1968, he travelled around various European countries only to return five months later when the restriction was revoked. Le Parc participated in Unofficial Latin America, held in Paris, and the Medellín Biennial in Colombia in 1970. Le Parc’s first solo exhibition was held at the Howard Wise Gallery, New York (1966), which was followed by his first retrospective exhibition, held at the Instituto Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1967). Subsequently Le Parc has had numerous retrospective exhibitions in major museums in Havana, Düsseldorf, Montevideo, Caracas, Asunción, Mexico City, Stockholm, Berlin, Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago de Chile, and Porto Alegre. His most recent solo exhibitions were held at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2013), at Casa Daros in Rio de Janeiro (2014) and at the Museu de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2014).He participated, with the Denuncia group, in the collective work Torture (1972) and joined the International Brigade of Antifascist Painters (1975).