Since the late 1970s, Frize has
been investigating on the materiality of the medium to further develop his method. Free of personal expression, any trace of subjectivity, he keeps generating predetermined geometrical motifs or patterns. “Feelings and emotions do not belong here,” says the artist. What matters for him is the act of painting; he establishes simple rules that he applies to certain colors within a frame of painting actions. “Nothing is described. No composition. The structure is like the surface. No referent apart, perhaps, from being classifiable as painting, and no auto-reference.” A discontinuous grid, almost a texture.
Bernard Frize (b. 1954, Saint Mandé, France) has exhibited extensively internationally, including solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Zurich (1993); Kunstverein St. Gallen Kunstmuseum (2000); Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2002); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2003); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2015); and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2015). His group exhibitions include The National Museum of Art, Osaka (2009); Tate St. Ives (2012); Fondation Fernet Brancat, Saint Louis (2015); Yokohama Museum of Art (2016); and Weserburg Museum for Modern Art, Bremen (2016). His works are included in the collections of many institutions including Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Kunstmuseum Basel; and Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt-am-Main. He was awarded with the Fred Thieler Prize in 2011, and with the Kathe Kollwitz Prize in 2015. The artist lives in Paris and Berlin.