November 3, 2019

Saturated Murals by Nicolas Party Take Over the FLAG Art Foundation in New York

Stop by the FLAG Art Foundation in New York this fall, and it may feel like you’ve stepped into the past. As in three centuries ago past. It’s the effect of “Nicolas Party: Pastel,” which runs through February 15, 2020, and features four enormous murals by the young artist along with a dozen other works by the likes of Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Loie Hollowell, and Chris Ofili, all either from or inspired by the Rococo period—and all in soft pastel.

Still Life, a 7-by-7-foot mural inset with Portrait of a Woman with Pink Ribbons by Jean-Baptiste Perronneau, appears in “Nicolas Party: Pastel” at the FLAG Art Foundation in New York through February 15, 2020. Photography by Steven Probert.

Conceived as a complete artwork, the environment spreads over two floors of the nonprofit contemporary-art institution, with built-in arches transforming the spaces and every room awash in Party’s signature saturated hues. In order for the pastels to remain intact, Party created and hand-applied a special wall primer that rendered the expanses tacky and rough, like sandpaper. Among his murals, one the largest he’s ever done in this medium, is his vibrant fruit drawing layered with Jean-Baptiste Perronneau’s 18th-century portrait of a woman. Party, who just received the 2019 Inspiration Award from RxART, a nonprofit that commissions installations by contemporary artists for children’s hospitals around the U.S. and Canada, is currently working on his next solo show at Xavier Hufkens gallery in Brussels.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Mrs. Alexander J. Cassatt in Blue Evening Gown Seated at a Tapestry Frame by Mary Cassatt. Photography by Steven Probert.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. Nicolas Party’s From Jean Honoré Fragonard, The Progress of Love, 1773 inset with Portrait of a lady at three-quarter length by Rosalba Carriera. Photography by Steven Probert.
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE. From left: Nicolas Party’s From Françoise Boucher, Portrait of Madame de Pompadour, 1758 inset with La Conversation by Edgar Degas; Still Life by Nicolas Party. Photography by Steven Probert.

Watch a time-lapse video of the installation below:

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