Supports Surfaces, artists and art
(movement, 1964 - 1974)
"Supports/ Surfaces"; a group of French artists, Andre-Pierre Aarnal, Vincent Bioules, Louis Cane, Marc Devade, Daniel Dezeuze, Noel Dolla, Toni Grand, Bernard Pages, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Patrick Saytour, Andre Valensi, Claude Viallat - formally existed from 1967-1974. They sought to liberate abstract art's practice from the tyranny of taste, the banality of Expressionism, the sentimentality of late Surrealism and the purity of Art Concrete.
... Yet it was no accident that Supports/Surfaces found itself at odds with what was being officially promoted outside the center, since perhaps more than anything else the founders of Supports/Surfaces were inspired by their dissatisfaction with what they saw around them. As Cane put it: "what brought us together for the Supports/Surfaces exhibiton at l'ARC in 1971 or even for earlier exhibitions was the deep-seated conviction that the art which was then 'in place' was completely unsatisfactory."50 Whereas Cane felt his "horizon blocked" by BMPT (a group of four painters: Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni whose conceptually derived abstraction was diametrically opposed to the touch-sensitive work of Support/Surface)...