Marc Devade (b. 1943 Paris, France; d. 1983, Paris, France)
During his brief career, Marc Devade never gave up stretching his canvases. He aimed less to deconstruct the painting that to affirm the flatness of the surface by using inks that stained the surface through its entire thickness. His strong theoretical stance and attempt to renew the spiritual without invoking religion are traits that position Devade as perhaps the most intellectual of the Supports/Surfaces artists. Alongside the most politicized of the Supports/Surfaces group, Devade participated in the creation of the review Peinture, Cahiers théoriques. Founded in 1971 and active until 1985, the magazine remains a testimonial to the extraordinary intentional agitation of the times. Devade participated in the first exhibition of the Supports/Surfaces group at the ARC in 1970, and has shown work in numerous group and solo exhibitions including at the Musée d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux; Musée d’Art Moderne, Tel Aviv; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Caen; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Tokyo; ARC, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne.