It’s his very first retrospective in a major French museum. Thomas Houseago was born in Leeds (Great-Britain) in 1872; he works and lives in Los Angeles since 2013. Unknown by the general public, Thomas Houseago is a major actor in contemporary architecture. Multiplying the experiences and the materials (the man works wood, plaster, metal, concrete and bronze), he’s obsessed with a particular shape: human figure.
As an outcome? His work is easily identifiable. Thomas Houseago creates standing silhouettes, leaning or lying silhouettes with indistinctive traits. The material is raw, sometimes concrete strings come out of the torso, sometimes the plaster is kneaded, used, carved. We clearly see where he put his hands and tools on his sculptures that gladly make two or more different materials talk.
Impressive, his sculptures are often monumental. They are slightly dizzying for whoever looks at them for a while because they carry something essentially human, a flaw that is also a force.
City of Paris Museum of Modern Art perfectly promotes this singular work. An exhibition you don’t want to miss.
Picture: Thomas Houseago, Serpent (detail), 2008, Collection Baron Guillaume Kervyn de Volkaersbeke © Thomas Houseago. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen ©ADAGP, Paris 2018
From 15 March 2019 to 14 July 2019
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris
12 Avenue de New York
75116 Paris 16