DEALER & DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT
Yves Dana at Robert Bowman Modern Through January 2012
The exhibition at Robert Bowman Modern will be entirely composed of new work and will showcase 12 new pieces, seven bronze sculptures and five in stone. After ten years of working exclusively in stone, Yves has revisited working with bronze. His most recent bronzes echo the stone works with carving marks and the use of matt and rough patinas. Coming back to the medium has allowed Dana to create new shapes and to experiment, like sketching with pencil on paper. It has given new freedom and vibrancy to the sculptor’s gestures and movements.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1959, Yves now lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1987, at the suggestion of the City of Lausanne, Dana created his studio in the Orangerie of Parc Mon Repos. The sumptuous nineteenth century Orangery was built in 1824 and is a Swiss national heritage building. This huge double-height space allows Yves to create his sculpture on any scale he chooses. In 1996 Dana embarked on a pilgrimage to his birthplace thirty-six years after his family went into exile. This was to have a dramatic effect on his sculpture. The simple hieratic shapes he saw in Egypt immediately changed the direction of his sculpture and continue to inform the ‘Stele’ series. A Stele is an upright stone slab or pillar bearing an inscription or design and serving as a monument or marker. These have proved to be an enduring inspiration for Dana since his stay in Alexandria. New works from the Stele series are included in this exhibition. Yves Dana imports blocks of basalt from Sweden, limestone from Egypt, France and Turkey, serpentine from Italy and diabase from Germany. Monoliths weighing up to fifteen tons are transported to his studio in Switzerland. His bronzes are cast in Tuscany at the Foundary Mariani. The Editions Cercle d'Art Paris have also now made film about the artist. The documentary shows Yves Dana at work in his studio in Lausanne in December 2010. It explores his methods such as meditating in front of stone blocks, and discusses his approach and his research. The film was premiered at Dana’s studio on the June 25th 2011.
Many publications have been written on Yves, a retrospective of the sculptor’s work, (collections Découvrons l’Art, text by Bernard Vasseur) and three books devoted to Yves work by Editions Cercle d’Art, Picasso’s first editors. Dana’s work is exhibited internationally including at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. His work is shown at all the major contemporary art fairs such as ART Basel, TEFAF Maastricht, Art India, Masterpiece London, Hong Kong.
Robert Bowman Modern
34 Duke Street St. James’s.
London, SW 1Y 6BN, UK