Huguette Caland: Faces and Places
Faces and Places is Huguette Caland’s largest museum exhibition to date, featuring six decades of her paintings, drawings, caftans, smocks and sculptures. This exhibition explores a journey that spans three continents, encompassing the faces and places that inform her rich oeuvre without losing sight of the predominant theme in her work, the line.
Born in Beirut in 1931, Caland was the daughter of the first president of the Republic of Lebanon. The concept of independence was critical for Caland, where at the age of 34, she rejected western fashions embraced by the society for abayas (caftans). These became an important aspect of her artistic career.
Caland defied social expectations by moving to Paris in the 1970s to pursue a career as an artist. In Paris, she developed a series of paintings titled Bribes de Corps. These minimalist abstract paintings expose the different shapes and forms of our bodies.
In 1987, Caland moved to California, where she shifted from abstract representations of the body to more detail-oriented paintings, which evoked cross-stitching techniques. Her memories of Beirut and Paris – of family, friends, nostalgic imagery of her childhood, her own children – emerge in her later paintings, but never losing sight of the line.
Huguette Caland, Mustache, Green Faces, Acrylic and Pen on Canvas. Courtesy of the Artist. (2011).
Huguette Caland, “Untitled”, 1968, Oil on linen, 99.7 x 99.1 cm. Courtesy of Private Collection.
Huguette Caland, “Eux (Them)”, 1975, Oil on linen, 100.3 x
100.3 cm. Courtesy of Private Collection.
Huguette Caland, “Faces and Places II”, 2010, Mixed media on canvas, 91.4 x 288.3 cm. Courtesy of Private Collection.
Huguette Caland, “Bribes de Corps”, 1973, Oil on linen, 119.4 x 119.4 cm. Courtesy of Private Collection.