A visit to the Rachael Whiteread at the London Gagosian prompted a visit to the Paris equivalent. Steven Parrino at the Gagosian’s Paris space (just of the Champs Elysees) is a punky show with tugged canvas and modern abstraction making for an interesting cross section of work. Not everything is a winner but nonetheless Parrino’s work, (which is presented alongside European counterparts spanning two generations: John Armleder, Martin Barré, Daniel Buren, Simon Hantaï, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier, and Niele Toroni) literally conveys a deconstruction of formal painting practices, and his piercing, ripping and twisting of the canvas makes for good viewing. The space itself is fabulous and entirely suitable to his work, polished grey and white marble adorn three floors which twist and turn ending with my favourite group of works – a serious of drawings and other mixed-media works on paper. Here you see where the strong shapes and block colours of his paintings come from, and the grouping of these particular works creates a nice little dialogue. Minimalism meets punk, this show is an excellent supplement to perhaps a visit to the Grand Palais or the Palais de Tokyo.
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