Jean-Michel Sanejouand

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Tare, 2008-2017, 5 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in
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Tare, 2008-2017, 5 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in
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Escapade, 2009-2017, 4 1/8 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in
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Escapade, 2009-2017, 4 1/8 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in
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Révérence, 2002-2017, 4 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in
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Révérence, 2002-2017, 4 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in
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Révérence, 2002-2017, 4 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in
Espace-Peinture, 8.2.81, 1981, acrylic and vinylic on canvas, 35 x 45 5/8 in
Espace-Peinture, 8.2.81, 1981, acrylic and vinylic on canvas, 35 x 45 5/8 in
Espace-Peinture, 7.10.78, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 45 5/8 in
Espace-Peinture, 7.10.78, 1978, acrylic on canvas, 35 x 45 5/8 in
Calligraphie d’humeur, 1974, ink on canvas, 90 x 190 cm, 35 3/8 x 74 3/4 in
Calligraphie d’humeur, 1974, ink on canvas, 90 x 190 cm, 35 3/8 x 74 3/4 in
Calligraphie d’humeur, 1974, ink on canvas, 90 x 190 cm, 35 3/8 x 74 3/4 in
Calligraphie d’humeur, 1974, ink on canvas, 90 x 190 cm, 35 3/8 x 74 3/4 in
Toile noire et miroir, 1963, canvas, mirror, 195 x 260 cm, 76 3/4, 102 in
Toile noire et miroir, 1963, canvas, mirror, 195 x 260 cm, 76 3/4, 102 in
auteuil et Carré de toile rouge, 1966, chair in black leatherette, red canvas mounted on stretcher, 179 x 100 x 94 cm, 70 1/2 x 39 3/8 x 37 in., Frac Île-de-France collection, Paris
auteuil et Carré de toile rouge, 1966, chair in black leatherette, red canvas mounted on stretcher, 179 x 100 x 94 cm, 70 1/2 x 39 3/8 x 37 in., Frac Île-de-France collection, Paris
Zoé, 1963, kitchen chair, foot basin, glass flask, 118 x 40 x 35 cm, 46 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 in., collection MNAM/Centre Pompidou, Paris
Zoé, 1963, kitchen chair, foot basin, glass flask, 118 x 40 x 35 cm, 46 1/2 x 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 in., collection MNAM/Centre Pompidou, Paris
Feuille plastique, grillage plastique et toile de bâche, 1996, canvas, cellulose acetate, plastic mesh, 150 x 100 x 3 cm, 59 x 39 3/8 x 1 1/8 in., Frac Pays de la Loire collection, Carquefou
Feuille plastique, grillage plastique et toile de bâche, 1996, canvas, cellulose acetate, plastic mesh, 150 x 100 x 3 cm, 59 x 39 3/8 x 1 1/8 in., Frac Pays de la Loire collection, Carquefou
Monochrome bleu derrière, 1964, wood, tarpolin canvas, 100 x 81 cm, 39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in
Monochrome bleu derrière, 1964, wood, tarpolin canvas, 100 x 81 cm, 39 3/8 x 31 7/8 in
Toile blanche et bande de plastique noire, 1963, mixed media, 146 x 89 cm, 57 1/2 x 35 in
Toile blanche et bande de plastique noire, 1963, mixed media, 146 x 89 cm, 57 1/2 x 35 in
Toile de bâche à rayures et châssis bois, 1964, tarpolin canvas, wooden stretcher, 162 x 130 cm, 63 3/4 x 51 1/8 in
Toile de bâche à rayures et châssis bois, 1964, tarpolin canvas, wooden stretcher, 162 x 130 cm, 63 3/4 x 51 1/8 in

News:
– Joseph Dadoune – Sillons, Espace Richaud, Frac île-de-France Hors les Murs, Versailles/FR (group show, Oct 07 – Dec 03 2017)
– Être pierre, Musée Zadkine, Paris/FR (group show, Sept 29 – Feb 11 2018)

Biography:
Born in 1934 in Lyon, Jean-Michel Sanejouand lives and works in the Anjou region. An emblematic figure of the art scene of the ‘60s, he has influenced a whole generation of artists by the radicalism of his proposals. After studying political sciences and law, the self-taught Jean-Michel Sanejouand creates, in 1962, his first assemblages of objects, known as Charges-Objets (1962-1967). Designated by critics as a worthy heir of Duchamp’s approach, the artist does not let himself be limited by this definition. In 1967, he produces his first in situ work, calling it Sculpture sur mesure (“tailor-made sculpture”). Parallel to his Organisations d’espaces (“organizations of space”) demonstrative of definite spaces, Sanejouand takes to painting, but using India ink, and realizes his Calligraphies d’humeur (“mood calligraphies”, 1968-1978).

In the late 1970s, he began his Espaces-Peintures (1978-1986), a series of paintings with flamboyant colors, devoting his time to a medium then so little in vogue. He abandons color for a while to produce his Peintures Noirs et Blanc (1986-1992) before returning in 1989 to sculpture or rather “non-sculpture” because, seemingly wishing to extend his Charges-Objets and pebble-stacks from the 1960s, Sanejouand does not really sculpt but rather assembles stones and then creates new forms. Discreetly revolutionizing sculpture as well as painting, the work of Jean-Michel Sanejouand continually circulates between these disciplines, driven by obsession and the need to experiment space.

His work is present in prestigious French public collections including the Musée national d’art moderne/Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon and the Lille Métropole Musée d’art moderne, d’art contemporain et d’art brut. Many personal exhibitions have been devoted to his work since the 1960s, including: Rétrospective des Charges-Objets aux Espaces-Peintures, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (1986), the 1963-1995 retrospective at the Centre Pompidou (1995), Rétrospectivement… at the Frac Pays de la Loire, Carquefou (2012), Charges-Objets at MAMCO, Geneva and Un peu d’espace(s) at Art : Concept, Paris in 2015.

Jean-Michel Sanejouand, un peu d’espace(s)

Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Un peu d’espace(s), exhibition catalogue, Art : Concept gallery, 2015
Texts: Jill Gasparina, Julia Mossé
Translations: Matthew Cunningham
Photographer: Dorine Potel, Marc Domage
Design: Charlotte Collin & Jonathan Martin
Layout: Julia Mossé, Alix Rozès
Printed by: Imprimerie Snel, Liège
© Art : Concept, the artists, the authors

Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Rétrospectivement…

Exhibition catalogue, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Rétrospectivement…, Frac Pays de la Loire, Skira Flammarion, 2012, 216 pages.

Jean-Michel Sanejouand

Exhibition catalogue, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Rétrospective 1963-1995, Galerie nord et galerie d’art graphique, Musée national d’art moderne / Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, 1995, 144 pages.

Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Espaces-peintures 1978-1986

Michel Enrici & Joëlle Pijaudier, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Espaces-peintures 1978-1986, Éditions de la Différence et Musée d’art moderne, Villeuneuve d’Ascq, 1991, 54 pages.

Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Les charges-objets, 1963-1967

Bernard Lamarche-Vadel, Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Les charges-objets, 1963-1967, La Différence / Fondation Fine Art of the Century, 1990. 96 pages.