Claude Closky

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Claude Closky
Claude Closky, ‘Manège [Roundabout]’, 2006, sixteen 32" flat screens, sixteen pairs of stereo speakers, computer, dimensions variable, unlimited duration. Exhibition view ‘Manège’, Centre Pompidou, Paris. 16 May - 31 July 2006. Curated by Jean-Pierre Bordaz.
Claude Closky, ‘Manège [Roundabout]’, 2006, sixteen 32" flat screens, sixteen pairs of stereo speakers, computer, dimensions variable, unlimited duration. Exhibition view ‘Manège’, Centre Pompidou, Paris. 16 May - 31 July 2006. Curated by Jean-Pierre Bordaz.
Born 1963
Notable work(s) Drawing, painting, new media
Awards Marcel Duchamp Prize (2005)

Claude Closky is a French artist, born in Paris in 1963.


Closky won the "Grand prix des Arts plastiques" (1999) and the Marcel Duchamp Prize (2005)[1] awarded by the ADIAF[2]

Dike Blair wrote in Artforum Magazine that "The lightness of Closky's art belies the depth of its absurdist heredity. Working in a post-modernist mode, Closky's art works combine aspects of the Situationists, Fluxus, Beckett, Tall, Daniel Buren, and Andy Warhol."[3]

Life and career[edit]

Claude Closky has no formal training as a visual artist. He entered the ENSAD (Ecole National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) in 1982 but quit at the end of the first year to co-found The Ripoulin Brothers, a street artist collective, with Bla+Bla+Bla, Nina Childress, Jean Faucheur, Pierre Huyghe, Manhu, Ox, Trois carrés. In 1988 he left the group to develop his independent work, using voluntarily poor means such as drawing and printed matter.[4]

He has participated in the Biennials of Lyon (1995),[5] Sydney (1996), Taipei (2000),[6] València (2001), Sharjah (2005).[7] In 2000, the Mudam (Luxembourg Art Museum) commissioned him to conceive and manage its website, for which he made a magazine and a gallery dedicated to the internet. The site was launched at the Luxembourg Pavilion in the 2001 Venice Biennale. It presented specific works by Heath Bunting, François Curlet, Pierre Leguillon, Aleksandra Mir, Peter Kogler, David Shrigley, among others. Since 2005 he has taught at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 2012 he curated This & There, an exhibition to celebrate the tenth year of the Pavilion, Palais de Tokyo Laboratory for Creation (Paris) which presented the work of 74 artists in 74 different spaces.[8]


The work of Claude Closky is mainly immaterial. Language is his model to articulate images, text, numbers, and sounds collected in our environment, or made in his studio. Although reluctant to producing objects and spectacular effects, Closky's work still addresses issues about visibility and space appropriation.[9]

Claude Closky’s projects always find alternative ways to emancipate themselves from the formats imposed by the sites where they are exhibited. He seeks to point out the contradictions of our contemporary society and its representations, but also to question the role of art as producer of a cultural consensus and set of values. His works confront and question our environment, the conditions and benefits of artistic production, its relation to an audience.[10]


  • And - Paris: Galerie Laurent Godin, 2013
  • Ali Akay, Claude Closky, Yazı mı Tura mı, Istanbul: Akbank Art Center, 2010
  • Michel Gauthier, Claude Closky, 8002-9891, Vitry: Mac/Val, 2008, editor: Julie David, design: Jérôme Saint-Loubert Bié
  • Eduardo Cicelyn, Katy Siegel & Paul Mattick, Marie Muracciole, Climb at your own risk, Roma: Electa, 2007, editor: Marie Muracciole
  • Jean-Pierre Bordaz, Marie Muracciole, François Piron, Katty Siegel & Paul Mattick, Claude Closky, Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 2006, editor: Françoise Bertaux, design: Frédéric Techner
  • Carole Boulbès, Lynne Cooke, Alexandra Midal, Frédéric Paul, François Piron, David Platzker, Eric Troncy, Hello and Welcome, co-edition domaine Kergéhénec/Le Parvis, 2004, editor Frédéric Paul
  • Frédéric Paul, Claude Closky, Paris: Hazan, 1999
  • Olivier Zahm, Claude Closky - Magazines, Paris: Purple Books, 1998, editor: Alexandra Midal
  • Pascaline Cuvellier, Claude Closky - Le Parvis, Ibos: Le Parvis, 1996, editor: Sylvie Froux

Exhibitions (selection)[edit]


  1. ^ Exhibition page on the Centre Pompidou website
  2. ^ Claude Closky page on the Adiaf website
  3. ^ Artforum International Magazine, "Openings: Claude Closky", by Dike Blair
  4. ^ Closky's biography published by the New media encyclopedia
  5. ^ 3rd Lyon Biennial website
  6. ^ Taipei Biennial website
  7. ^ ‘Divisions’, Claude Closky's work at the 7th Sharjah Biennial
  8. ^ This & There, website for the exhibition Closky has curated to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo Creation Lab (Paris)
  9. ^ Artslant watchlist
  10. ^ Resources at the Centre Pompidou, Paris
  11. ^ video documentation
  12. ^ JAP web site
  13. ^ Announcement
  14. ^ Press release on
  15. ^ AC Institute web site
  16. ^ Press release
  17. ^ Opening of MFC-Michèle Didier Gallery in Paris.
  18. ^ Interview of Claude Closky for ZNASDNAR
  19. ^ Press release and photos
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  21. ^ revue from Deniz Güvensoy published by Artist Actual, Istanbul, March 2010, cover and pp. 22-25.
  22. ^ Press release and photos
  23. ^ Press release and photos
  24. ^ Review by Ken Johnson published in the New York Time, November 28, 2003
  25. ^ Exhibition web page
  26. ^ Exhibition web page
  27. ^ Exhibition web page
  28. ^ Exhibition web site
  29. ^ Zombies, text about the work of Claude Closky
  30. ^ Exhibition web site
  31. ^ Press release
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  47. ^ ‘Good Answers (Bonnes réponses)’, Closky's performance at the Centre Pompidou-Metz given in relation to his sound installation ‘1234’ for the inauguration exhibition of the museum
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  66. ^ Introduction text to Closky’s work for ‘Art, Price and Value’,CCCS, Firenze (2008), curated by Franziska Nori, Piroschka Dossi.
  67. ^ Review about Inside a Triangle by Jian-Xing Too
  68. ^ My People page on Al Dante website
  69. ^ Repartir à zéro page on ULS website
  70. ^ Sex, page on Electa website
  71. ^ Information about Les euros on M19 website
  72. ^ Information about Mon père on M19 website
  73. ^ Information about Beautiful Faces on Trans Photographic Press website
  74. ^ Available pdf on onestar press website.
  75. ^ Article on Mon Catalogue by Kenneth Goldsmith, published in Harriet, Poetry Foundation, Chicago
  76. ^ available pdf on UbuWeb site

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