Noël Dolla (b. 1945, Nice, France)
Noël Dolla has dedicated much of his work since 1969 to questioning the limits of painting as they are defined by historical and social factors. His drying racks presenting rags, cloths and tea towels dipped in color dye question the status of the work of art, when it can no longer be a mere representation. So do his buoys linked by a floating rope, or the pigments he sprinkled on snowy summits in the Alps, creating situations evocative of Land Art. His use of dots on unstretched fabrics demonstrate the potential for infinite repetition, expanding both the fields of painting and that of modernist esthetics. In the manner in which he expands painting beyond the surface plane, Dolla makes us no longer consider the activity of the artist solely from the aspect of production. His work has been featured in solo and group presentations at Musée de Nice, Nice; Beaux Arts, Paris; MAMAC, Nice; Carré d’Art, Nîmes; ARC, Paris; Grand Palais, Paris; mumok, Vienna.