Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of selected works by Martin Barré organized by Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner.
Martin Barré’s career spanned much of the latter half of the 20th century. He emerged on the Paris scene in the mid-1950s and died in 1993, at the age of 69. During his lifetime, museums and galleries across Europe regularly exhibited his work.
Barré effectively transcended the time when the ideals of modernism gave way to the new spirit of contemporary art. Barré’s inventive and sensitive exploration of line, color and form, and the two-dimensional surface is considered to be a singular achievement in the history of abstract painting.
In recent years, Barré has received increased international attention. In 2006, the Centre Pompidou hung three of its collection of Barré paintings in one of its permanent galleries, along with works by Carl Andre, Agnes Martin, and Robert Ryman. In its 2001 show, As Painting: Division and Displacement, the Wexner Center for the Arts exhibited Martin Barré’s paintings with works by Daniel Buren, Donald Judd, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman and Jacques Villeglé.