16.10.2020 — 12.02.2021

TOBEY or not to be ?

In collaboration with the Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux

Mark Tobey

Marais Space

On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Mark Tobey (1890 – 1976), the exhibition offers a convergence of perspectives: that of the the Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger, the artist’s historical gallery in Europe, that of a French private collection, the Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux and that of a Museum the Mnam / Cci Centre Pompidou. For this exhibition, a catalogue has been published by Gallimard with contributions by Laurence Bertrand Dorléac, Cécile Debray, Dr. David Anfam, Etienne Klein, Stéphane Lambert and Thomas Schlesser.

In addition to the previous 2010 retrospective organized at the gallery by Véronique Jaeger to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the artist’s birth, as well as the continuous presentations the gallery has regularly organized throughout the years, the gallery recently contributed, through the loan of works, to the important retrospective Mark Tobey: Threading Light (curated by Debra Bricker Balken) at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover in 2017-2018, as well as to his 2018 solo exhibition at the Pace Gallery in New York.

This non-commercial solo exhibition presents some forty essential works by the artist spanning thirty years of creative activity, from 1940 to 1970. There hasn’t been a solo exhibition of his works in a French Museum since the 1961 exhibition at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris, nearly 60 years ago.The exhibition is scheduled to travel in Europe, first to Lisbon in 2021, then to Venice in 2022.

Tobey’s international reputation grew, during his lifetime, mainly in Europe, where he had his first solo exhibition at the Jeanne Bucher Gallery in 1955. His work was shown in London in the Tate Gallery 1956 exhibition American Painting, alongside works by Kline, De Kooning, Motherwell, Pollock, Rothko and Clyfford Still. He was the second American, after Whistler, to win the Grand Prize of the Ve-nice Biennale in 1958. His first exhibition in a French institution was at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris in 1961. His settling in Basel in the early 1960s was facilitated by the active support of Ernst Beyeler. Mark Tobey was the subject of a retrospective at the New York MoMA in 1962, and again in 1976.
This discrete artist, nicknamed “the wise man of Seattle,“ was imperceptibly and progressively surrounded by an exceptional aura, that of a founder of modernity, of a mystical artist, but also of a philosopher of abstraction whose works are rare, intimate, dense, and deep. (Cécile Debray)

His works are now part of the collections of many prestigious international institutions, such as the Mnam / Cci Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Fondation Beyeler and the Kunstmuseum in Basel, the Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum in New York, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Tate London …

The title TOBEY or not to be ? refers to Mark Tobey’s English roots, through the voice of Shakespeare, to his existential quest, to his own questioning linked to his artistic, philosophical and spiritual approach; it also emphasizes Tobey’s continued importance today by embodying the “to be”.
To be. What is To Be in the contemporary era?

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Mark Tobey, Untitled, c.1940
Gouache and tempera on paper, laid down on board
14,7 × 7,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Animal Totem, 1944
Tempera on cardboard
14,5 × 6,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Black Flute, 1953
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera, watercolor and ink on Buff papier, laid down on board
37 × 11 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Totem, 1954
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera on paper
10,1 × 7,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Ancient Field, 1954
Tempera on paper
12,2 × 15,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, City Punctuations, 1954
Tempera on paper
17,3 × 11 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Floating Forms, 1954
Tempera on paper
12,6 × 8,6 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Jazz Singer, 1954
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Gouache, ink and pencil on paper, mounted on paper
17,7 × 11,6 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, The Imaginary Village, 1954
Tempera on paper
8,9 × 10,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Voyage of the Saints II, 1954
Tempera on paper
7,4 × 15,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Untitled, 1955
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Gouache, graphite and watercolor on paper
8,3 × 10,5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, White Space, 1955
Tempera on paper
8,1 × 12,4 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Rive gauche, 1955
Tempera on paper
24 × 25,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Composition N°1, 1957
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Sumi ink on paper on canvas
24 × 37,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Sumi, 1957
India ink on paper
15,7 × 11 in
Mark Tobey, Sumi, 1957
India ink on paper
40 × 28 cm
Mark Tobey, Sumi Still Life, 1957
Sumi on paper
8 × 9,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Extensions from Baghdad II, 1957
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera on paper, laid down on cardboard
8,5 × 10,9
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Morning Light, 1957
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Gouache, pastel and graphite on paper laid down on board
26,5 × 14,2 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Space Life, 1958
Tempera on paper
9,7 × 11,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Circular Composition, 1958
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera and ink on paper laid down on cardboard
8,8 × 11,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Space Rose 1959
Tempera on paper
15,7 × 11,8 in
Photographe by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Pierced Space, 1959
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera and incisions on card laid on cardboard
18,3 × 11,8 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Within itself, 1959
Tempera on paper
7,9 × 11,3 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Le Monde des cailloux, 1959
Tempera on paper
5,9 × 5,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Mouvement Somnolent, 1959
Tempera on paper
11 × 8,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Arabesque of the night, 1960
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera and glue on cardboard
8,5 × 5,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, World, 1960
Tempera on paper
4,9 × 6,6 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, L'automne, 1960
Tempera on paper
6,7 × 4,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Tablet of the past and the future, 1960
Glued paint on paper, laid down on cardboard
8,3 × 5,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Burning, 1956
Tempera on paper
11,8 × 17,6 in
Photographie de Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Sans titre, 1961
Monotype on paper
20 × 11,1 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Untitled, 1961
Monotype on paper
39 × 19,7 in
Mark Tobey, Concert, 1962
Tempera on paper
7,1 × 7,1 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Sans titre, 1962
Monotype on paper
24,8 × 18,1 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Sans titre, 1965
Monotype on paper
40,2 × 40,5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Unknown Journey, 1965
Paris, Centre Pompidou - Musée national d'art moderne - Centre de création industrielle

Oil on canvas
81,5 × 50,4 cm
Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI
© ADAGP
Mark Tobey, Hidden Spheres, 1967
Tempera and collage on paper
37,2 × 25,4 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Forest Pattern, 1968
Collection de Bueil & Ract-Madoux, Paris

Tempera and glue on paper
11,6 × 8,9 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Escape from Static, 1968
Tempera on paper, mounted on pannel
26,4 × 19,1 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, Composition, 1970
Tempera on paper
6 × 6 in
Mark Tobey, Image, 1970
Gouache on paper
20,9 × 18,5 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi
Mark Tobey, River Fog, 1970
Tempera on paper laid down on cardboard
17,7 × 13,7 in
Photograph by Jean-Louis Losi