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Gil J. Wolman in 1969

Gil J. Wolman

Born in 1929 in Paris.

Died in 1995 in Paris.

 

At the age of twenty, he separated the vowels from the consonants, thus creating Megapneumia.

 

In 1951, he made the Anticoncept, a film without images, projected onto a sound balloon, now in the collections of the M.N.A.M. In 1952, he founded the Lettrist International with Debord. Until 1957, he played an active part in the Lettrist movement. In 1956 he represented the Lettrist International at the Alba Congress, which laid the foundations for the future Situationist International. From 1957 onwards, he developed his own work, away from all the schools. In 1963, he invented the Art Scotch process, which consisted of tearing off strips of printed material using adhesive tape, which he then repositioned on canvas or wood. This was followed by "Séparations" in 1978, "dürhing dürhing" and "Décompositions" in 1979. The last part of his work, from 1991 onwards, was devoted to "Peinture dépeinte" (depicted painting). This time it was a question of separating the canvas from its subject.

 

Solo exhibitions (selection) 

2024

Gil J. Wolman "Art Scotsch", Galleria Six, Milan

2023

Guy-Ernest Debord & Gil Joseph Wolman, Loeve & Co Marais, Paris

2011

Gil J Wolman "I am immortal and alive", Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal.

2010

Gil J Wolman "Œuvres 1961-1982", galerie Lara Vincy, Paris.

Gil J Wolman "Soy inmortal y estoy vivo", retrospective at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Spain.

2001 

Joseph Wolman, Les Ex-positions", FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon; Musée de l'Objet, Blois.

1994

Les Inhumations, paintings depicted 1991-1994", 691 subjects of paintings, Galerie de Paris, Paris.

1988

Wolman, Art scotch", Galerie Spiess, Paris.

1984

Faux Wolman de Wolman", Galerie Nane Stern, Paris.

1983

Le marché de l'art", Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris.

Gil Wolman, Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste, Calais.

1982

W La libertà", Galerie Spiess, Paris.

1981

Déchet d'œuvre", Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris.

1980 

Wolman: la décomposition", Galerie Weiller, Paris.

Wolman S'en séparer ?", Galerie Lara Vincy, Paris.

1979

L'homme séparé par Wolman", Galerie Nane Stern, Paris.

Durhing Durhing", FIAC, Grand Palais, Paris.

Art scotch and red ink", Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria.

1978

Wolman, C'est le mouvement séparatiste qui provoque l'espace", Galerie Weiller, Paris.

1976

"Il faut rendre à Wolman ce qui appartient à Duchamp", Galerie Germain, Paris.

1975

Otto portraits, un artiste déchirant un critique déchiré", Galerie l'Oeil de Bœuf, Paris.

1974

Letters from Portugal v.o.", Galerie Weiller, Paris. Galerie Weiller, Paris.

1972

Main basse sur la vie", Valérie Schmidt Gallery, Paris.

1968

Dissolution and reconstitution of the movement", Valérie Schmidt Gallery, Paris.

Wolman, Maison de la Culture, Orléans.

1964

Art scotch", Valérie Schmidt gallery, Paris.

1963

7 adhesives on wood (laminations)", 3rd Biennale de Paris

 

Group exhibitions (selection) 

 

1985

Les immatériaux", Centre Georges Pompidou, M.N.A.M., Paris

1989

A propos de l'Internationale situationiste, 1957-1972", Centre Georges Pompidou, M.N.A.M., Paris

1993

Poésure et Peintrie", Centre de la Vieille Charité, Musées de Marseille, Marseille

1994

Hors Limite", Centre Georges Pompidou, M.N.A.M., Paris

1999

Faiseurs d'histoires", Casino Luxembourg, Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg

2003/2004

Figures de la négation", Musée d'Art Moderne Saint-Etienne Metropole, Saint-Etienne

 

 

 

Bibliography (selection)

 

2010

Gil J Wolman I am immortal and alive", 144 pages, ed, Macba & Serralves, Porto. texts by Frédéric Acquaviva, Kaira M. Cabañas, João Fernandes, Bartomeu Marí and Gil J Wolman.

2006

The Situationist International - (1957-1972)" published by Museum Tinguely - Basel. Exhibition catalogue.

2004

Les Situationnistes l'utopie incarnée" Laurent Chollet, éditions Découvertes Gallimard, Paris. Pocket-sized encyclopaedic collection, black and white and colour photographs.

2001

Wolman - défense de mourir" éditions Allia, 400 p. Monograph produced for the retrospective "Gil Joseph Wolman: les Ex-positions", in Dijon and Blois. Poems, essays, black and white and colour photographs.

1995

Wolman, Les inhumations, ceci n'est pas un livre", 240 pages, published by Allia, Paris.

1984

L'homme séparé par Wolman" éditions Spiess et Nane Stern, 120 p. Essay.

1998

L'anticoncept" Gil Joseph Wolman, published by Allia. Biographical essay.

1981

Wolman résumé des chapitres précédents", 222 pages, Spiess, Paris. Monographic essay.

Audio recordings and films by and about Gil Wolman (selection):

1999

L'anticoncept" published by Alga Marghen, Milan, (400 copies) undated. 33 rpm vinyl disc.

1998

L'anticoncept" Gil Joseph Wolman, éditions Allia. VHS film.

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