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Almine Rech


9 — Jun 24, 2023 | Paris, Turenne (Front Space)

Opening on June 9, from 6 to 8 pm

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Almine Rech Paris is pleased to present Timothy Curtis' first solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from June 9 to 24, 2023.

Almine Rech Gallery is proud to present “Self-Watering Flowers,” a Paris solo show by Timothy Curtis, his first with the gallery.

“I’m getting to a place where I can feel free,” the self-taught artist said during a studio visit, “and I’m making the best work I can make.”

Freedom and its opposite are very concrete for the Philadelphia native, who was in state prison from 2008 to 2015. He made the best of his time, studying art history and involved with a mural painting program. Curtis was previously a graffiti artist, and while his new works may not obviously resemble graffiti-style imagery, the work is connected to that tradition via a seemingly unlikely link with another art form.
In accounting for the origins of Philadelphia graffiti writing, which he describes as “identifiable across the whole planet,” he connects its characteristic style with the tradition of Pennsylvania stoneware, which, along with cobalt blue renditions of a “man in the moon” motif, frequently features images of tulips that are, it struck the artist, stylized in a manner similar to the way Philadelphia graffiti writers treat text.

Brian Boucher

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