Équarrisseur. Chemins de Lionel Sabatté – Yannick Mercoyrol

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This book is presented as an itinerary through the work of Lionel Sabatté, revealing sections that form reflections, analyses and questions that shed light on some of the artist's emblematic practices and works.


We'll come across passages evoking dust, oxidations and singular portraits, as well as brief descriptions of studio practice and analyses borrowing, of course, from the history of art, but also from philosophy, anthropology and literature. The exhibition will also take a closer look at some of the major works, such as Tissu and the installation 100 portraits de poussière. Lionel Sabatté's questioning of the notion of value will be followed by musings on flying carpets, taxidermy and volcanoes. We'll dive into matter here and soar into cosmology elsewhere; we'll reflect on the notion of waste and refuse to ask questions about the living and then bounce back to post-humanism... It's an itinerary of leaps and bounds, as Montaigne put it, bringing together many of the issues of our time, as reflected in the joyful, powerful and incisive practice of one of the most important artists of his generation.

After teaching literature at university and working abroad for eight years in the diplomatic cultural network, Yannick Mercoyrol spent thirteen years as head of cultural programming at the Domaine National de Chambord, curating some twenty exhibitions. He has published Parler avec du rouge dans la bouche, face à Rothko (Chatelain-Julien, 2002), Géométrie des organes (Grèges, 2009), Memento en vert et bleu (with Jean-Gilles Badaire, Le temps qu'il fait, 2022) and, in 2023, Intensités, 12 artistes aujourd'hui, published by L'Atelier contemporain.


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Sabatté (Lionel)

A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2003, Lionel Sabatté has received several artistic awards such as the Painting Prize from the Del Luca Foundation in 2019, the Friends of the Maison Rouge Prize which enabled him to produce a work, presented in the patio of the foundation in 2018, the Drawing Now Prize in 2017 and was awarded the Yishu 8 Prize in Beijing in 2011.
His work has been the subject of many monographic exhibitions in France and abroad, integrating several institutional collections. The sphere of the living as well as the transformations of matter due to the passage of time are at the heart of Lionel Sabatté's work. For several years now, the artist has been collecting materials that bear the traces of his life experience: dust, ashes, coal, dead skins, tree stumps... These elements are combined in an unexpected way and the works thus created carry within them both a delicacy and a "disturbing strangeness", giving life to a hybrid bestiary in which creatures from the abyssal depths rub shoulders with small birds from the oxidised islands, bears, wolves, emus, owls, but also unicorns... Practising at the same time painting, drawing and sculpture, Lionel Sabatté tries to make all his works interact in a permanent interconnection. His research on the mineral, the animal, the organic in short, gives rise to poetic, sensitive and disturbing works which participate in a global reflection on our condition and the place we occupy in our environment.

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