Swiss artist Nicolas Party will create a site-specific commissioned mural in the DMA’s Concourse Gallery. For this installation, the first solo US museum presentation for the artist, Party will make an all-over mural on the walls and ceiling of the Museum's main central corridor.
Party was an active graffiti artist in the 1990s, prior to studying at the Lausanne School of Art, Switzerland, and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. His projects range from site-specific mural-interventions to refined pastel on canvas works, often with a playful surrealist bent. Through the appropriation of certain themes and gestures, broad influences can be identified in Party’s work, with landscapes derived from David Hockney, color palettes borrowed from the Fauves, painted collage referencing Matisse’s cutouts, and figures from the Swiss painter Félix Vallotton.
Admission is FREE
Nicolas Party: Pathway is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The presentation is made possible by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art, and by the Contemporary Art Initiative. The exhibition is included in free general admission. The exhibition is curated by Nolan Jimbo, Temporary Project Coordinator, with Gavin Delahunty, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.
Images: Nicolas Party, installation shots of Nicolas Party: Pathway, 2016; Nicolas Party, Two Men with Hats, 2016, pastel on canvas, courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster, Ltd., Glasgow, © Nicolas Party ; Nicolas Party, Vallotton nudes, 2015, installation view Pastel et Nu, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, 2015, charcoal wall drawing, Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, © Nicolas Party Photo: Marc Domage; Nicolas Party, Landscape, 2013, installation view 157 Days of Sunshine, The Bothy Project at the Walled Garden, Glasgow, 2013, spray paint on wall, Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, © Nicolas Party Photo: Patrick Jameson; Nicolas Party, Boys and Pastel, 2015, installation view, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, 2015, house paint, acrylic, compressed charcoal on wall, Courtesy of the artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, © Nicolas Party Photo: Michael WolchoverNicolas Party, Pastel, 2014, Installation view, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, 2014, chalk pastel on canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich, © Nicolas Party Photo: Christophe Coënon