Jean-Marc Bustamante is one of Frances senior artists and a major figure in the international art world. His clear, direct vision manifests itself in an almost bewildering array of materials and media first photography, then sculpture, painting, architectural projects, installation. His work is unified and characterised by its calm intelligence and a kind of extraordinary ordinariness that helps us see its subject, the world around us, in a new way. Jean-Marc Bustamante's 'Dead Calm' exhibition is on display until April 4, 2011.
Bustamantes art has not been seen enough in Britain, and The Fruitmarket Gallery
brings it to new audiences in Scotland. This exhibition includes classic work from the 1980s and 1990s the large-scale photographs and sculptures with which Bustamante made his name and newer work from 2000 on, in particular a series of paintings on Plexiglas made especially for The Fruitmarket Gallery and completed in 2010. The Fruitmarket Gallery shows so many major works by this internationally significant artist, and presents the audience with the opportunity to track the development and continued reinvention of Bustamantes ideas and artistic language. Though sitting outside recognisable trends in recent art, Bustamantes work has a formal and conceptual contemporaneity, a freshness, that makes it utterly relevant to the way art is made and looked at now.
Jean-Marc Bustamante (born 1952) is a senior French artist working in sculpture and photography. After assisting the photographer and film-maker, William Klein, in the late 1970s, Bustamante became known for his own photography, in particular his monumental Tableaux series which blurred the boundary between photography and sculpture. From 198387, he and sculptor Bernard Bazile worked collaboratively as BazileBustamante. His most recent works on Plexiglas expand his practice further, offering a new approach to painting. Bustamante represented France in the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, and his work was included in Documenta VIII in 1987, Documenta IX in 1992 and Documenta X in 1997. Im 2008 he was awarded the medal of the Chevalier de la Légion dhonneur. He teaches at the LÉcole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (ENSBA) in Paris.