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Photos: Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne; Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan; Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London and David Zwirner, New York/London © Simon Vogel


Lafayette Anticipations – Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin is a partner of the Festival d’Automne. For this year’s edition, Lafayette Anticipations has provided support to Scottish artist Karla Black. On this occasion, the artist is exhibited for the first time in France, in two landmark sites of Parisian heritage: the Archives nationales museum and the Beaux-Arts de Paris.

Karla Black uses materials found in everyday life, such as cotton wool, toilet paper, soap, cellophane or eye shadow, as well as more traditional matter stemming from the fine arts - plaster and acrylic or powdered painting, for instance.

Her work – found at the limits of painting, sculpture and installation – examines the subtleties of gravity, light, immateriality and various colours. Evanescent, Black’s pieces are usually constructed in situ and thus challenge lines and shapes, sprawling on the ground or falling from the roof.

Her artistic proposition at the Beaux-Arts de Paris echoes the collection of plaster casts on display in the building’s chapel. The work on display at the Archives nationales is a response to the decorative dimension of the rococo salons of the Hôtel de Soubise and, particularly, of the prince’s oval saloon.

Karla Black: "My work is always abstract, without representation, particularly figurative, as the person who is in the piece must also be the person who is observing it. I want to make natural pieces, as are trees, rivers or hills, for instance. In a sense, my work is connected to the landscape. The scale of the pieces is an important element. The material experience must be upsetting, as can be an uninhabited landscape".


Born in 1972, Karla Black studied sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art, receiving her Master of Fine Arts in 2004. She lives and works in Glasgow.

She has had solo exhibitions at many international institutions, including the Kestnergesellschaft in Hannover (2014), the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2013), the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague (2013), the Dallas Museum of Art (2012), the Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin (2012), the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow (2012), the Kunsthalle Nürnberg (2010), the Modern Art Oxford (2009), the Kunstverein Hamburg (2009) and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich (2009).

Her works are included in prestigious international collections such as that of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zurich and the Tate Gallery in London.

Karla Black was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2011 and represented her native country in both the 2011 and 2017 Venice Biennale. 


Dates: October 20 - November 20, 2017

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Monday to Friday, 10am to 5:30pm ; Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 5:30pm 

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Dates: October 20, 2017 - January 7, 2018

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 1pm to 7pm 

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