Rouge et blanc, 2008
Born in 1925 in Moulins, Jean Dupuy lives and works in Pierrefeu. When he left for New York in 1967, the artist threw all his paintings in the river Seine. In doing so, he abandoned lyrical abstraction and joined the Lazy Art movement, which encouraged “making others do the work”. His dust sculpture Cone Pyramid driven by the heartbeats of spectators, is exhibited at the MoMA (New York). He met Georges Maciunas, the father of the Fluxus movement and organised a series of performances in his loft, which solicited the involvement of the public and various invited artists. On his return to France in 1984, he became involved in the production of texts and canvases involving anagrams and drawing-poems made from pebbles he had found. Recent exhibitions of his work have been held at the MAMCO in Geneva, the MAMAC in Nice, at the Villa Arson and at the Semiose and Loevenbruck galleries in Paris. His works can be found at the Pompidou Centre, the Musée national d’art moderne de la ville de Paris and at the Barnes Foundation in New York.