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SACHA GOLDBERGER’S SUPER FLEMISH!

BY PEDRO LAZARO

Sacha’s peculiar vision of old age as seen through his work with his grandmother – the Mamika collections – has been exhibited in Rio (CBN), India (Delhi Photo Festival), Spain (Gethoxo),

Berlin, Angkor, Brussels, Miami, London, Vendome, Paris (Bercy). Sacha has published eight books (Chronicle, Harper and Collins, Hans Huber, Seuil, Balland, Place des Victoires) chronicling different aspects of life as seen through the quirky prism of his imagination. Sacha unveils his next work – a series of superheroes with a little twist. 20 prints, and a selection of costumes made for the collection were exhibited at the ”School Gallery Olivier Castaing” 322 Rue Saint Martin in Paris. What if Superman was born in the sixteenth century? And what if the Hulk was a Duke? How might Van Eyck have portrayed Snow White? Sacha’s discovery of these characters, which goes back to childhood, gave birth to a desire to re-appropriate them, to take them back to a time forming the cornerstone of modern western art. Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school.

The collection demonstrates the use of 17th century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times. It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character. The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to “fix” their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible. As science fiction meets history of art, time meets an inexhaustible desire for mythology which is within each of us. Sacha Goldberger recently presented his amazing Super Flemish collection in the Grand Palais in Paris marking his body of work as high art. Iconic Science Fiction Characters and ruffled Cosplayers wearing Renaissance garb were displayed in an area were Velazquez painting and an exhibit of Jean Paul Gaultier will soon be shown.

Goldberger is not only a superlative artist he also rocks the advertising world. Discover Goldberger’s artistry in books like: Mamika: My Mighty Little Grandmother and The Little Book Of I Love Y ou.

 

 

 

 

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