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March 5 – 8, 2020

Barthélémy Toguo Urban Requiem, 2015 Ladders, wooden stamps, stamp imprints Installation view: All the World's Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2015

Barthélémy Toguo
Urban Requiem, 2015
Ladders, wooden stamps, stamp imprints
Installation view: All the World's Futures, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2015

Barthélémy Toguo My Body My Choice, 2019 Wood, ink 13.1 x 17.7 x 12.8 inches (33.2 x 45 x 32.5 cm) GL 12917

Barthélémy Toguo
My Body My Choice, 2019
Wood, ink
13.1 x 17.7 x 12.8 inches (33.2 x 45 x 32.5 cm)
GL 12917

Barthélémy Toguo My Body My Choice, 2019 Wood, ink 13.1 x 17.7 x 12.8 inches (33.2 x 45 x 32.5 cm) GL 12917

Barthélémy Toguo
My Body My Choice, 2019
Wood, ink
13.1 x 17.7 x 12.8 inches (33.2 x 45 x 32.5 cm)
GL 12917

Barthélémy Toguo If Not Now When?, 2019 Woodblock print on paper 25.6 x 19.7 inches (65 x 50 cm) Edition of 3 GP 2525

Barthélémy Toguo
If Not Now When?, 2019
Woodblock print on paper
25.6 x 19.7 inches (65 x 50 cm)
Edition of 3
GP 2525

Barthélémy Toguo The Future is Female, 2019 Woodblock print on paper 25.6 x 19.7 inches (65 x 50 cm) Edition of 3 GP 2533

Barthélémy Toguo
The Future is Female, 2019
Woodblock print on paper
25.6 x 19.7 inches (65 x 50 cm)
Edition of 3
GP 2533

Barthélémy Toguo Homo Planta C, 2018 Ink and wash on canvas 18.1 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm) GL 12772

Barthélémy Toguo
Homo Planta C, 2018
Ink and wash on canvas
18.1 x 24 inches (46 x 61 cm)
GL 12772

Barthélémy Toguo Eating Juicy, 2018 Ink and wash on canvas 78.75 x 78.75 inches (200 x 200 cm) GL 12793

Barthélémy Toguo
Eating Juicy, 2018
Ink and wash on canvas
78.75 x 78.75 inches (200 x 200 cm)
GL 12793

Barthélémy Toguo The Canopy Man, 2018 Ink and wash on canvas 78.75 x 78.75 inches (200 x 200 cm) GL 12795

Barthélémy Toguo
The Canopy Man, 2018
Ink and wash on canvas
78.75 x 78.75 inches (200 x 200 cm)
GL 12795

Press Release

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, is pleased to present a solo booth of recent work by Barthélémy Toguo for Independent New York.

First conceiving of the idea in the 1990s, Toguo executed the work Urban Requiem (2015) for the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) curated by the late Okwui Enwezor. For the Independent, an intimate iteration of the installation presents an arrangement of ladders weighed down with life-size portrait busts sculpted from Iroko wood. Arranged like toppled heads on the shelves, the busts’ flat bases are visible to the viewer; carved with slogans of recent protests and national movements, each sculpture functions as a stamp. The process of stamping parodies administrative gestures, as they require significant effort to lift and coat with black ink before making a thickly crusted mark on paper. Accompanying the installation are the resultant prints, bearing slogans from #MeToo to #BlackLivesMatter.

Also on view, a series of watercolor paintings demonstrates Toguo’s versatility in media. The artist’s dreamlike paintings depict human, animal and plant forms in ink and wash; skillfully applied layers of liquid pigment allowing the abstract renderings to merge and morph into each other. Toguo dissolves the boundaries between man and nature, initiating a conversation about our relationship to the environment and binding issues of ecology to society.

Barthélémy Toguo was born in M’Balmayo, Cameroon, in 1967, and currently lives and works in Paris, France and Bandjoun, Cameroon. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at institutions including Parrish Art Museum, New York; Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden; Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etiennne, France; La Verrière by Hermès, Brussels; Fundaçao Gulbenkian, Lisbon; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He has been included in numerous international biennials, including the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2018); the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2018); the Venice Biennale (2015); the Havana Biennial (2012); Biennale de Lyon, France (2011); the Sydney Biennale (2011); and Biennale de Dakar, Senegal (2018, 2016, 2000). In 2019, Toguo was included in two inaugural exhibitions held at the new Ford Foundation Gallery, New York and El Espacio 23, Miami, Florida respectively. Upcoming in 2020, Toguo will be participating in group exhibitions Global(e) Resistance, Centre Pompidou, France and Voyage Voyages, Mucem (The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), Marseille, France. In 2011, he was made a Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature in France. Toguo’s works are included in public collections worldwide, including Tate Modern, England; Centre Pompidou, France; Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon, France; Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and MoMA, New York.

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