The Studio des Acacias is a fabled place where legendary photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin worked.
Today this creative space has opened up to all forms of contemporary artistic expression (art installations, video art, photography, etc.) and welcomes the most well-known photographers and contemporary artists for unique exhibitions and productions.
During Fiac 2015, the Studio Acacias by Mazarine will be presenting works by two of the most talented figures on the American contemporary art scene: Rashid Johnson and Matthew Day Jackson.
The works by these two artists displayed at the Studio des Acacias have never been seen in public before. They share a certain vision of the American dream, an often criticised aspect of America, synonymous with imperialism and hegemony, from racial strife to the Second World War.
The exhibition marks the fulfilment of a personal goal by Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, President of the Mazarine Group and founder of the Studio des Acacias, to bring together works by Matthew Day Jackson and Rashid Johnson, whose careers he has followed closely in recent years, in an exhibition designed and produced in conjunction with the Hauser & Wirth gallery.
The exhibition will be open to the public as part of FIAC 2015.
Collaboration: Hauser & Wirth - New York
MATTHEW DAY JACKSON
Born in the 1970s and considered to be one of the most talented American artists of his generation, Matthew Day Jackson is obsessed by the notion of danger and destruction that is inherent in all life and man-made creations, from machines to new technologies. With his concept of "Horrorful", he attempts to express both the beauty and the horror that can ensue. His work - marked by the figure of the skull and by a passion for car racing (something of a family tradition) - initiates a meditation on existence, infinity and death.
Matthew Day Jackson was born in California in 1974. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in New York; at the Saatchi Gallery in London; and at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice.
An important player in the rise of contemporary African-American artists, Rashid Johnson has always taken an interest in cultural phenomena (from jazz to hip hop, not forgetting Mohammed Ali) which has molded his community and what it is today. His videos, photographs, sculptures, paintings and installations that examine African American identity in all its diversity are rooted in his own personal history or the history of the seventies, the time period in which he was born.
Born in 1977, Rashid Johnson started working with photography in 1996 before becoming interested in a multi-disciplinary artistic practice. After studying at the Art Institute of Chicago, he moved to New York where he was soon noticed both by critics and collectors. He has exhibited all over the world, from the Miami Art Museum to the Hauser & Wirth galleries in Zurich and London, and as well as in Greece, Italy and Germany.