Louis Cane (b. 1943, Beaulieu-sur-Mer, France)
In 1969 Louis Cane’s first gallery exhibition (Givaudan, Paris) consisted of a group of unstretched canvases– sheets in fact, marked only by continuous rubber stamping of his name. He concluded this exercise in personal branding with the insolently tautological series Louis Cane artiste peintre français. By 1970 Cane was done with youthful irony, inaugurating a genre of cut-out paintings, the toiles découpées, which he would continue making for several years. Cane’s incision in the canvas produces an aperture which creates a space on the wall. This space is not part of the painting yet remains integral to the picture. Thus, his paintings, which interact with both the floor plane and the wall, investigate the space of non-representation (what is cut out) and integrate it within the painting. His work has been featured in solo and group presentations at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris; the Museum of History of Shaanxi, China; and the Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg to name a few.