Germaine Richier

Dominique Lévy, New York

February 27 - April 12, 2014

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Dominique Lévy and Galerie Perrotin jointly presented the first American exhibition in half a century devoted to the work of seminal postwar French artist Germaine Richier (1902–1959). Germaine Richier (2014) included more than forty important sculptures ranging from early torsos and figures to startling hybrids of humans crossed with animal, insects, and other living organisms, that brought the artist international recognition before her untimely death at the age of 57. The exhibition traced the evolution of Richier’s independent vision and the artistic trajectory of a woman whose life was imprinted indelibly by two World Wars, leaving a vivid mark on the history of modern art.

In addition to sculpture, Germaine Richier featured a selection of photographs by the artist’s contemporary, Brassaï, who documented her studio and captured the unique magic of her environment and process. As depicted in these photographs, Richier surrounded herself with a forest of sculptures spanning different periods of her output, which inspired the installation design for Germaine Richier in New York. The exhibition comprised works from the Germaine Richier Estate and loans from American and European private collections, contributing to an in-depth examination of Richier’s oeuvre, which defies easy classification. The exhibition was organized with the support of the artist’s family.