Jacques Villeglé: Fifty Years of Décollage

September 14 — October 23, 1999

Ubu Gallery presented an exhibition which looked at the unique form of décollage — literally “un-pasting,” the opposite of the built-up layering of collage — practiced by Jacques Villeglé since 1949. Appropriating sections of torn posters salvaged from the street, Villeglé chose those which best incorporate the “spontaneous, iconoclastic gestures of a passerby” by a whole repertoire of rips, scratches, scrawls, smears, gashes, gougings, abrasions, inscriptions, over pastings and the ravaging effects of the elements. What derives is an abstract, “ready-made,” raw and impromptu form of “concrete” or visual poetry.

The New York Times / Art in Review / September 24, 1999 / Michael Kimmelman / 1 reproduction
New York Magazine / Art: Retrospective / September 27, 1999 / 1 reproduction
The Art Newspaper / Dealer’s Gazette / October 1999 / Brook S. Mason
Review / Exhibitions / October 1, 1999 / J. Bowyer Bell

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