Joie de vivre

April 28 - May 31, 2020

Zeit Contemporary Art is pleased to present Joie de vivre, an online viewing room that brings together work by modern, post-war and contemporary artists who, in times of crisis, have found visual means to enlighten and transform people’s lives with strength and optimism.

Joie de vivre gathers works whose uplifting compositions capture dynamic forms and figures set in spaces of possibility. These works do not proceed by limitation or elimination to actualize themselves, but rather they repeat, combine, pile up, douse, duplicate, interlock, extend and propel lines, stripes, patterns, forms and figures. These works in conversation, at the intersection of abstraction and figuration, composed from the 1960s through the present, are bound with ardor, intimacy, sensuous modes, and a predominantly warm primary palette.

The title Joie de vivre is drawn from the philosophical concept of Elan Vital (vital impulse), a term coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson to designate the creative tendency of life, which develops through intuition and generates the evolution of beings. In Creative Evolution, Bergson states that when the vital impulse is sublimated, it can spark creative progressions that are at the origin of great creations, spiritual, moral, and mystic.

Joie de vivre gathers these works together, united by the concept herein, to ask the question of how can we as a culture aspire to joy, to rise to be the best of ourselves, when we are so bereft of these qualities in the midst of this current moment. To think about joy right now is to acknowledge our current situation. In the depths of despair, considering joy is a way to find our way back to ourselves and to each other, to honor life.

“What we want is to make something that fills utterly the sight and can’t be used to make life only bearable.”

―Sam Francis

Sam Francis

Untitled, 1960

Gouache on paper
15.7 x 12 in (40 x 30.5 cm)
$95,000 USD

“Making art, good art, is always a struggle. It can make you happy when you pull it off. There’s no better feeling. It’s beauteous. But it’s always about hard work and inspiration and sweat and good ideas.”

―Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst

Your Beauty, 2015

Polymer-gravure etching with lithographic overlay
36 1/5 × 26 2/5 in. (92 × 67 cm)
Edition of 55
Price Upon Request
Damien Hirst

Your Feel, 2015

Polymer-gravure etching with lithographic overlay
36 1/5 × 26 2/5 in. (92 × 67 cm)
Edition of 55
Price Upon Request

“I’m grateful and awed by people’s willingness to reveal something of themselves, both physically and psychically, in the process of making photos together. Celebratory expressions of queer desire, history, and care are acts of joy that I try to capture in my work.”

―Bryson Rand

Bryson Rand

Jordan Dancing, 2020

Archival Pigment Print on Harman by Hahnemuhle Gloss Baryta paper
28 x 20 in. (71.1 x 50.8 cm)
Edition of 3 + 2AP
$2,500 USD
Bryson Rand

Jordan Kneeling on Chair, 2020

Archival Pigment Print on Harman by Hahnemuhle Gloss Baryta paper
28 x 20 in. (71.1 x 50.8 cm)
Edition of 3 + 2AP
$2,500 USD
Alexander Calder

Dolmens, 1971

Gouache and ink on paper
29 1/2 x 43 1/8 in. (74.9 x 109.5 cm)
Price Upon Request

“There is joy in the quotidian―those everyday objects that occupy our hours, accompany our routines and become worn through our touch―clothing, tools, maps, newspapers. I am drawn to the personal and political histories these objects may come to tell through years of use. I find joy in an object’s potential to continue generating new meaning, whether that comes through archiving, studying, or most radically, repurposing it.”

―Julia Rooney

Julia Rooney

paper (blue), 2018

Newspaper, tempera, acrylic, ink and adhesives
45 1/2 x 33 in. (115.5 x 83.2 cm)
$4,000 USD
Julia Rooney

paper (red), 2018-19

Newspaper, tempera, acrylic, Flashe and adhesives
37 x 35 1/2 in. (94 x 90.2 cm)
$4,000 USD
Roy Lichtenstein

American Indian Theme VI, 1980

Woodcut in colors on handmade Suzuki paper
37-3/4 x 50-1/4 in. (95.9 x 127.6 cm)
Edition of 50, plus 18 artist's proofs
$38,000 USD
Keith Haring

Growing, 1988

Screenprint in colours
40 1/4 × 30 in. (102.2 × 76.2 cm)
Price Upon Request
Alex Katz

White Impatiens, 2016

26-color silkscreen on Saunders 425 gsm paper
70 x 56 in. (178 x 142 cm)
Edition of 70
$34,000 USD
Alex Katz

Yellow Flags, 2013

Woodcut in colors on Rives paper
20 1/4 x 30 in. (51.4 x 76.2 cm)
Edition of 70
$14,000 USD
Iman Raad

Untitled (Sleeping Striped Cat and Golden-Backed Woodpecker), 2018

Egg-tempera on Claybord
36 x 18 in. (91.4 x 45.7 cm)
SOLD

“What counts in a work of art is not what intellectuals want to discover, but the fact that it includes, in its ascending movement, the lived life, the truth about being human; the plastic findings do not have any importance in themselves.”

―Joan Miró

Joan Miró

Le cracheur de flammes, 1974

Etching and aquatint in colors with carborundum on Arches paper
44 1/2 x 29 1/8 in. (113 x 74 cm)
Price Upon Request
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