June 20, 2019 to August 7, 2019
The French word “flâneur” — which means a person who idles or strolls around, often with the implication of wasting time — has appeared in discussions on contemporary art since the nineteenth century, perhaps first in Charles Baudelaire’s historic 1863 essay, The Painter of Modern Life. In that text, Baudelaire was considering the artists of his day — Manet, Degas, Monet, and Renoir among them — and their paintings of Parisian life, in which people are shown walking around, lounging in cafés, parks, and nightclubs, and taking in the cityscape. However, rather than describing his flâneur as lazy or indifferent to their surroundings, Baudelaire instead celebrates the flâneur as the “passionate spectator” of contemporary urban life.
For this show at Fountain House Gallery, "We asked the artists to inhabit the role of flâneur themselves, reflecting on the bustle and diversity of city life as only artists can.”
Curated by Adam Yokell, founder of Foundwork