We could not fail to mention this incredible exhibition that is presenting some of the best works of the Curtis Jere project. It is taking place in one of the rooms at the Martel Greiner gallery, in Paris. This is an occasion to view lots of works together by this artistic duo that revolutionised the décor and sculptural scene during the 70s.
The exquisite work of two artists that complement one another perfectly is hidden behind the Curtis Jere name. On one hand, Curtis Freiler, an emigrant originally from Germany, and on the other, Jerry Fels, an artist who resides in New York where he has a studio. These two figures met in the 40´s and decided to democratize the abstract plastic language of design captured in metal.
Their creations have gone down in the history of modern art and are part of the metal technique movement. Metal, a ductile and cost-effective material, became incredibly popular after the Second World War. From then on, projects with this material began to acquire a new approach and gain greater prestige.
Influenced, among other sources, by the research that Harry Bertoia was beginning to carry out, the work by this duo was really striking because their pieces conveyed a new language. They had a form of expression that could only be possible using this material, via the infinite possibilities that made it possible to use all kinds of techniques in order to attain a unique result. The contrasts and textures that emerged in each new project marked a before and after, and their mural pieces became some of the most sought-after pieces of the era.
However, the collaboration and direct production of both artists concluded in 1972, when they decided to sell the company. Since then, their collection of wall pieces and sculptures have been sold under the American brand Artisan House, founded in the 40´s, and it remains a target for seasoned collectors.
Photos: Martel Hasta el 2 de enero de 2017 Galerie Martel-Greiner – 6 rue de Beaune, 75007 Paris
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