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JEAN DESSIRIER: Mytholo­gies, June 15– Au­gust 19, 2017

Mod­ernism is pleased to present the first U.S. ex­hi­bi­tion of Jean Dessirier, a French sculp­tor and painter whose raw ma­te­ri­als are an­cient myth and the old rooftops of Paris. Since the early 1980s, Dessirier has crafted poly­chro­matic sculp­tures out of sal­vaged roof­ing zinc, evok­ing leg­ends about sirens and fauns.

Trained as a glass­maker, Dessirier was em­ployed by Ver­sailles at the age of 20, work­ing on the restora­tion of the Grand Tri­anon. Ex­po­sure to the palace’s spectacular paint­ing col­lec­tion in­spired Dessirier to en­roll in a Mont­par­nasse draw­ing school and sub­se­quently the Academy An­dré Lhote as a stu­dent of paint­ing and print­mak­ing. Yet it was only af­ter he be­gan paint­ing pic­tures of an­i­mals and peo­ple on pieces of wood –dis­carded by a friend who made fur­ni­ture – that he found his true métier. “From a for­mal point of view, I re­al­ized that the painted sculp­ture sim­u­lated vol­ume,” he says. “So a lit­tle un­ex­pect­edly, I de­vel­oped a per­sonal style.”

TONY HERNANDEZ: Re­quiem of Mind and Won­der, June 15–Au­gust 19, 2017

Tony Hernandez is haunted by pho­to­graphs of chil­dren who per­ished in the Holo­caust. He is also pre­oc­cu­pied with im­ages of boys and girls who strug­gled through the Great De­pres­sion, es­pe­cially in the ghet­tos of the Bronx where his grand­par­ents lived. “Un­like adults, chil­dren are pow­er­less,” he says. “They’re usu­ally the ones to suf­fer the most from man’s supreme abil­ity to be ig­no­rant through­out his­tory.” Im­bued with a rich sym­bol­ism of his own cre­ation, Hernandez’s paint­ings of pread­o­les­cent boys and girls grap­ple with this pow­er­less­ness, as well as the “mind of won­der” that sus­tains chil­dren even in the dark­est hours.

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