Etel Adnan at Galerie Lelong & Co

Etel Adnan, Découverte de l'immédiat 34, 2021. Signed and dated on reverse, Oil on canvas, 13 x 9 7/16 in (33 x 24 cm).
Etel Adnan, Découverte de l'immédiat 34, 2021. Signed and dated on reverse, Oil on canvas, 13 x 9 7/16 in (33 x 24 cm).

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York and Paris, are pleased to present Discovery of the Immediate, a solo exhibition of the late artist’s recent work that will encompass both gallery locations. The exhibition will present new paintings and leporellos, completed in the past year before Adnan passed away on November 14, 2021.

When Adnan participated in Documenta 13 (2012) at the age of 87, she quickly drew acclaim as a master colorist, becoming known for her harmonious abstract landscapes. In 2021, the artist completely stripped her works of saturated color in her new oil on canvas series Discovery of the Immediate, using black and white as the primary colors. The works reference the practice of traditional ink painting that rely exclusively on black and its many gradations through the artist’s hand to distinguish each stroke from another; hints of color remain, recalling Adnan’s oeuvre. The confinement of the pandemic had directed Adnan back to nature—leading to the artist’s deep observation of the sky and planets—a pleasure she denotes in her intimate canvases.


In 2021, together with the artist, we began organizing the concurrent exhibitions at Galerie Lelong & Co., New York and Paris. We are grateful to Simone Fattal for her continued support in realizing the presentations.

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