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Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France and Los Angeles

Posted December 29, 2012 by in

Over 100 Artists and 30 Projects in Los Angeles: Winter 2012 through Spring 2013

Facyçal Baghriche, “Souvenir,” 2009. Illuminated terrestrial globe, motor. “Elective purification,” 2004–2009. Variable media and formats. Exhibition view from “La force de l’art,” 2009; Le Grand Palais, Paris. Photo courtesy of Courtesy Gallery

Los Angeles, California and Paris, France are cities of artistic expression, inspiration, and legendary cultural achievements. The creative connections between France and Los Angeles are
historically numerous, from the impact of California itself upon French artists such as Niki de Saint-Phalle, Yves Klein and Guy de Cointet, to their influences on fellow artists in Los Angeles.

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States in collaboration with the Institut Francais, with the support of the Alliance Française of Los Angeles and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, are pleased to announce Ceci n’est pas…Art Between France and Los Angeles.

Ceci n’est pas…is an unprecedented and diverse five-month series of Franco-American contemporary art collaborations across Los Angeles, which further encourages and officially recognizes new dialogue and long-term collaborations in contemporary art between France and Los Angeles. Beginning December 1, 2012 with the opening of the exhibition Lost in LA, organized by the FLAX Foundation, the numerous events and exhibitions of Ceci n’est pas… will continue through April 2013.

Ceci n’est pas… includes over one hundred artists from the two continents, from the emerging to the world-renowned such as John Baldessari, Jim Shaw, Pierre Huyghe, and Xavier Veilhan.

By emphasizing the ties between France and the City of Los Angeles, Ceci n’est pas…solidifies Los Angeles as a true cultural capital,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said. “There is no greater home for this series of exhibitions, which work to inspire dreams, purpose and vision between our two cultures and throughout the world.”

Gathering more than thirty cultural institutions and projects, Ceci n’est pas…will take place in public and non-profit spaces, galleries, museums, art fairs, and universities in locations from the Pacific Coast to downtown to the Hollywood Hills.

Ceci n’est pas…will be a time of creative dialogue between our two countries and our two cultures,” said The Ambassador of France in the US. “In the next five months, the Los Angeles art world will welcome many French artists and professionals. They will be able to share their passions and ideas while strengthening relationships, which is what Ceci n’est pas… is all about.”

Ceci n’est pas… is a multifaceted program that connects the art community and the public on many levels, bringing together patrons of the arts, students (of art as well as other domains), professors, curators, art critics, gallerists, art lovers, Francophiles, and Europeans with the California dream. Each event and exhibition is curated and produced by the individual cultural institution and the projects encompass the spectrum of contemporary art including architecture, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video.

Olga Garay, Executive Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles said,

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is proud to count the French Consulate and the French Cultural Services as well as France Los Angeles Exchange as important partners in pairing Los Angeles and French based artists in this important series of events that celebrate our long term relationship. We are thrilled to once again work with our French colleagues in highlighting the important contributions of French and LA artists and arts organizations to our respective communities.”

A comprehensive and user-friendly website,, has been created. Each individual artist and institution will have their own page with information, bios, and custom content, as well as interactive maps to the locations of each project and event. New partners, artists, and events will be updated on the site throughout the five-month period of Ceci n’est pas…

Participating Partners & Institutions to date include: (Please go to for the most current list.) 18th Street Art Center, Art Center College of Design, Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair, Be-art, California Institute for the Arts, Castillo Corales, Cherry and Martin Gallery, CNAP (French National Centre for Contemporary Art), Ecole des Beaux Arts de Bordeaux, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Lyon, Ecole Supérieure d’Art de l’agglomération d’Annecy, Fabien Castanier Gallery, Favorite Goods, FLAX, FRAME (French Regional American Museum Exchange), Francois Ghebaly Gallery, Galerie Franck Elbaz, GDM_galerie de multiples, Galerie Hussenot, Galerie Joseph Tang, Galerie Loevenbruck, Galerie Sultana, Galerie Torri, Hammer Museum, Here is Elsewhere, LACE, LA><ART, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ltd los angeles, Machine Project, Mains d’Oeuvres, MAK Center / Schindler House, New Galerie, Otis College of Art and Design, PARIS-LA Magazine, Paris Photo Los Angeles, Public Fiction, REDCAT, Robert Berman Gallery, Université Paris 8, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Southern California.

Presenting Artists and Participants to date include: (Please go to for the most current list.) Ivan Argote, Bettina Attala, Fayçal Baghriche, John Baldessari, Stephan Balkenhol, Davide Balula, Pauline Bastard, Berdaguer/Pejus, Simon Bergala, Julien Berthier, Julien Bismuth, Dominique Blais, Michel Blazy, Sophie Bonnet- Pourpret, Nicolas Boulard, Elsa Bourdot, Valentin Carron, Pierre-Laurent Cassiere, Edwin Chan, Matt Connors, Isabelle Cornaro, Marie de Brugerolle, Philippe Decrauzat, Daniel Dewar, Bertrand Dezoteux, Sheila Donovan, Brigitte Engler, Didier Faustino, Patricia Fernandez, Robert Filliou, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Andrea Fraser, Cyprien Gaillard, Vincent Ganivet, Dora Garcia, Miguel Garcia Vivancos, Clara Gensberger, Brennan Gerard, Gregory Gicquel, Dominique Gilliot, Piero Golia, Jeff Guess, Peter Harkawik, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Huyghe, Fabrice Hyber, Nathan Hylden, Armand Jalut, Jimpunk, JonOne, Ryan Kelly, Martha Kirszenbaum, Robert Kinmont, Vincent Lamouroux, Thomas Lawson, Laurent Le Deunff, Julio Le Parc, Pierre Leguillon, Anton Lieberman, M/M Paris, Sylvia Maglioni, Emily Mast, Tony Matelli, Philippe Mayaux, Rodney McMillan, Antonio Mendoza, Mathieu Mercier, Laurent Montaron, Morten Horbye Harlovson, Claude Parent, Aude Pariset, Yann Perreau, François Perrin, Bernard Piffaretti, Julien Prévieux, Chloe Quenum, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Jimmy Robert, Allan Ruppersberg, Mickael Salvi, Benjamin Seror, Jim Shaw, Alexandre Singh, Philippe Terrier-Hermann, Graeme Thomson, Tatiana Trouvé, Oscar Tuazon, Lucille Uhlrich, Xavier Veilhan, Jean-Luc Verna, Jessica Warboys, Marnie Weber and Veridiana Zurita.



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