Jules de Balincourt - Contemporary Art Part I New York Thursday, May 13, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Zach Feuer Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Arndt and Partner, Accidental Tourism and the Art of Forgetting, January 21 – March 18, 2006; London, Royal Academy of Arts, USA Today, October 6-November 4, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    Jules de Balincourt’s vibrant, often frenetic images express emotional and psychological currents as much as they do physical landscapes and places. The New York-based French artist imbues his works with a sense of humor, highlighting conditions of his adopted American society. His spirited paintings are composed of bright, stenciled sections with expressive details. In the present lot, two large abstracted clusters approach each other, linked by chaotic sparring in the center of the picture. The rigid lines appear to bend and crack on contact, and the work imbues a vivid, graphic tension with bright colors against black. Each side contains a ribbon of text: “I IN FECT YOU/ YOU IN FECT ME,” infusing the work with a sinister ambiance—a disquieting danger creeping behind the celebration, or perhaps the joy of a cross-contamination of ideas between people.
    What is at stake in negating intelligible mimetic imagery with passages of pure facture and, inversely, in undermining the autonomy of materials and process with overt images? And how can mining this dialectic through the act of painting help illuminate and analyze the human and material conditions of contemporary life? Where this ambition takes hold and directs Jules de Balincourt’s practice, his work is at its strongest.
    C. Bedford, “Jules de Balincourt”, Artforum, September 21 ,2007


I Infect You, You Infect Me


Acrylic and oil on panel.

48 x 84 in. (121.9 x 213.4 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Jules de Balincourt ‘IIN FECTYOUYOUIN FECTME’ 2006” on the reverse.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $84,100

Contemporary Art Part I

13 May 2010
New York