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Gagosian is pleased to announce the representation of the Estate of Simon Hantaï (1922-2008). To inaugurate Hantaï's representation, LES NOIRS DU BLANC, LES BLANCS DU NOIR, an exhibition of black-and-white paintings and prints dating between 1969 and 1997, will be presented at Gagosian Le Bourget.
Hantaï is best known for originating the technique of pliage (folding), in which a canvas is crumpled and knotted, uniformly painted over, and then spread out to reveal a matrix of abstract alternations between pigment and ground.
Born in Bia, Hungary, Hantaï studied at the Budapest School of Fine Arts from 1941 to 1946 before moving to Paris in 1948 to study and then, in the wake of the escalating Sovietization of his homeland, deciding to stay. In Paris, he joined André Breton...