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SIMONE FATTAL — AUTOPORTRAIT

I had started doing watercolors, but casually, with friends. My mother was away at the time, so I settled myself in the dining room with oils. When she came back she said, “Hey, you’re ruining my carpets!” So, I rented a studio of my own and moved there. I lived alone, which nobody did at the time. Not men, not anyone… On the roof, there was a small apartment with two rooms and a living room. I had a big mirror and a bar for dancing… There was a big wall I could paint on, too. I always painted standing up. I lived there until 1974, then I moved again, also to a top-floor studio, this time with a perfect view of Mount Sannine…

The first paintings were like self-discovery, like being born. They were very colorful, very lush, probably because I would go to the forests of the Chouf District for inspiration. But, little by little, my attachment to color evolved into a fascination with white. I remember the painter Paul Guiragossian came to see me and said, “Of course you paint in white, all you see is light here on the 11th floor.”…

Fadi Barrage was one of my closest friends. He was a painter. He later moved to Athens, where he died in 1988. In addition to Guiragossian, there was Huguette Caland and, of course, Etel Adnan. I met Etel at the end of 1972, when she came to Beirut to be the culture editor of the Lebanese newspaper, Al Safa. — Simone Fattal

KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents AUTOPORTRAIT, a documentary work by Simone Fattal shot in the early 1970s and edited in 2012.

AUTOPORTRAIT

Written, produced, and directed by Simone Fattal.

Cinematography by Pierre-Henri Magnin.

Edited by Eugénie Paultre.

46 minutes. In French, with English subtitles.

Simone Fattal, Autoportrait (1972 / 2012). Images courtesy and © the artist.

ETEL ADNAN AND LYNN MARIE KIRBY

ORACULAR TRANSMISSIONS—a new volume collecting three email collaborations between Etel Adnan and Lynn Marie Kirby—is out now from X Artists’ Books.

The book also includes poems by Denise Newman and an introduction by curator Jordan Stein presenting their works and performances.

From top: Etel Adnan, Untitled, 2013, courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg and Beirut; Etel Adnan and Lynn Marie Kirby, Oracular Transmissions (2020), X Artists’ Books; Lynn Marie Kirby, Room Tone; Adnan and Simone Fattal in 2012 at the Post-Apollo Press table at the Marché de la Poésie à Paris, Place Saint Sulpice. Images courtesy and © the artists and the publisher.

PLEASE RECALL TO ME EVERYTHING YOU HAVE THOUGHT OF

PLEASE RECALL TO ME EVERYTHING YOU HAVE THOUGHT OF—a group show of women artists at Morán Morán, curated by Eve Fowler—is on view for one more week.

This highly recommended exhibition includes the work of Etel Adnan, Frances Barth, Donna Dennis, Florence Derive, Simone Fattal, Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Barbara Hammer, Harmony Hammond, Maren Hassinger, Suzanne Jackson, Virginia Jaramillo, Harriet Korman, Joyce Kozloff, Magali Lara, Mary Lum, Mónica Mayer, Dona Nelson, Senga Nengudi, Howardena Pindell, and Joan Semmel.

“The title of the show is from a Gertrude Stein text that Fowler selected for its ambiguous poetry that she felt honored the artists.”

I’m not asking the artists to tell me anything, but they allowed me in their studios—a private place where artists often feel vulnerable. — Eve Fowler*

PLEASE RECALL TO ME EVERYTHING YOU HAVE THOUGHT OF*

Through August 24.

Morán Morán

937 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Please Recall to Me Everything You Have Thought Of, curated by Eve Fowler, Morán Morán, 2019, from top: Howardena Pindell, Untitled #51, 2010, mixed media on board, courtesy Garth Greenan Gallery; Magdalena Suarez Frimkess, Untitled, 1972, glazed stoneware; Senga Nengudi, Rapunzel, 1981, silver gelatin print; Suzanne Jackson, finding joy in the mirror, 2016, acrylic, wood veneer, Bogus paper, loquat seeds, courtesy of O-Town House; Donna Dennis installation view; Florence Derive, Blue Manuscript, 2017, oil on raw linen; Maren Hassinger, Whole Cloth, 2017, photograph on fabric; Barbara Hammer, South Fork Yuba River, California, 1973, 2017, silver gelatin print, courtesy of Company Gallery; Barbara Hammer, Dyketactics, 1974, 16mm film transferred to video with sound; Harmony Hammond, Aperture #6, 2013, monotype on paper, courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates; Simone Fattal, Woman as Tree (1), 2010, porcelain, courtesy of Kaufmann Repetto; Frances Barth, A Tiny Pinch, 2017, acrylic on gessoed wood panel; Joan Semmel, Untitled, 2016, oil crayon on paper, courtesy of Alexander Gray Associates; Dona Nelson, Luka, 2015, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, courtesy of Michael Benevento; Etel Adnan, Mount Tamalpais, 2013, ink on handmade paper (2), courtesy of Callicoon Fine Arts; Mary Lum, Informations Practiques, 2019, acrylic on paper; Virginia Jaramillo, Visual Theorems 15, 1979, linen fiber with hand-ground earth pigments, courtesy of Hales Gallery; Harriet Korman, Untitled, 2016–18, oil on canvas. Images courtesy and © the artists and Morán Morán.

GARDEN OF MEMORY

Curated by Mouna Mekouar, GARDEN OF MEMORY is an “ongoing conversation” exploring “bodily communication and intimacy” between the poet and painter Etel Adnan, the sculptor and collagist Simone Fattal, and the theater artist Robert Wilson.

Music by Michael Galasso—played under Wilson’s reading of Adnan’s poem “Conversation with My Soul (III)”—provides an additional element to the exhibition.

GARDEN OF MEMORY

Through September 16.

Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech

Rue Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle, Marrakech.

Robert Wilson on Pierre Bergé.

Top and below: Garden of Memory installation views, Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. Images courtesy the museum.

Above: Simone Fattal, YSL, 2015, collage. Image courtesy of the artist and Balice Hertling.

WEEKLY WRAP UP | SEPT. 22-26, 2014

Anna. A rare picture from Michael White's photo album: The Last Impresario

“Anna “. A rare picture from Michael White’s photo album: The Last Impresario

This week on the blog we saw Steven Shearer at Eva Prensenhuber; visited the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice; stopped by Etel Adnan at Yvon Lambert bookshop and by Alexander May at Balice Hertling;  and announced the new edition of Charles Veyron.