Mühling Matthias & Weber Stephanie, Lea Lublin : Retrospective, exh. cat., Kunstbau Lenbachhaus, Munich, (25 June – 13 September 2015), Heule, Snoeck, 2015→
Ducros Françoise Ducros & Sans Jérôme, Lea Lublin, mémoire des lieux, mémoire du corps, exh. cat., Le Quartier Centre d’art contemporain, (27 April – 31 August 1995), Quimper, Le Quartier, 1995
Lea Lublin, Parcours 1965-1975, International Cultureel Center, Anvers, 1975→
Le porte-cierges trouvé — l’objet perdu de Marcel Duchamp, Abbaye de Graville, Le Havre, 1989→
Lea Lublin : Retrospective, Kunstbau Lenbachhaus, Munich, 25 June – 13 September 2015
Franco-Argentinian visual artist.
Educated in Buenos Aires, where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Lea Lublin initially painted canvases in an expressionist style with a political content. In 1963, she was associated with the Visual Arts Centre in Buenos Aires, which championed an experimental avant-garde art. In 1965, she left Argentina for good and settled in Paris, where she put an end to her career as a painter. In that same year, she produced the series Voir clair, an assemblage of repainted reproductions fitted with windscreen wipers, inviting the public to get away from their conditioned reactions to mythical and heroic figures (Voir clair, La Joconde aux essuie-glaces). In 1969, she involved the public in multi-sensory circuits. With Dehors/dedans le musée (Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago de Chile, 1971), her installation made it possible to pass physically through those cultural myths called paintings and question the conflicts between social and artistic breaks.
During a performance titled Dissolution dans l’eau (1978), the artist tossed into the Seine a large banner on which were written various prejudices about women. In 1979, the Yvon Lambert gallery, she showed Le Milieu du tableau, a set of drawings and texts on canvas made around the figure of Artemisia Gentileschi, a 17th century painter, and the picture of her portraying Judith Beheading Holophernes—the sword becoming a penis forcing a woman, a grim evocation of the rape which Gentileschi was herself a victim of. That exhibition was a turning point in the artist’s work: from then on, memory, conscious or above all hidden, became the main subject of her oeuvre. In the same spirit, the artist echoed the analyses of the art historian Leo Steinberg about Christ’s sexuality, based on the Italian Renaissance (La Sexualité du Christ dans l’art de la Renaissance et son refoulement moderne, 1983). So in 1983 her series Le Strip-tease de l’Enfant-Dieu shown at the Yvon Lambert gallery explored the eroticism which informs representations of the infant Jesus in Renaissance paintings.
Lea Lublin, Voir clair: La Gioconda aux essuie-glaces, 1965, acrylic, glass, tape and paper on canvas and pressboard, wood, rubber bulb, wiper, motor, 67 x 49 x 12 cm, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, Dissolution dans l’eau. Pont Marie, 17 heure, action from 1978, 9 C-Prints, each 16 x 24 cm, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, Flor de ducha [Shower Head], 1970, metal, shower heads, Plexiglas, ca. 300 x 100 x 100 cm, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, Drawing for La mano di Dante (Lo schermo penetrabile), 1977, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, Le milieu du tableau. Espace perspectif et désirs interdits d’Artemisia G., 1979, acrylic and graphite on canvas, 250 x 245 cm, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, R.S.I. – Dürer, del Sarto, Parmigianino, 1983, acrylic, C-print, postcard and ink on canvas and wood, 350 x 600 cm, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, La déclinaison du feu, 1991, mirrors with overprint, 200 x 30 cm each, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, L’œil alerte, 1991, fluorescent tube, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Lea Lublin, Présent suspendu, 1991, installation view, Hôtel des Arts, Paris, Courtesy Nicolas Lublin and Deborah Schamoni, Munich