jazzing into abstraction

by Gallery RIMA - Serbia
Opening: 6.9.2022, 17h

Mon-Sat, 13-19h
and by appointment

Djordje Ivackovic (Đorđe Ivačković, 1930-2012)
was a Serbian born (formar Yugoslavian) and Paris based abstract painter whose art development and recognitions belong to the international art scene between 1960s and 1990s.

His authentic art poetics originated from collision of two opposite approaches to abstract painting. The first one - expressive, free, improvisational - had its base in postwar French lyrical abstraction and American abstract expressionism, both experienced through the creative mind of a jazz musician.

The second one belongs to the analytical approach to painting, contemporary in art practices of the time, dealing only with painting’s basic and elemental structural features such as format, dimensions, surface, line and colour. With a restless mind of a jazz musician and a rational approach of an architect Ivackovic created the unique symbiosis of expressive and analytical abstraction.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ivackovic’s death (July 13, 2012), and the exhibition focuses on his paintings from the 1960s recalling his first Paris decade.

The show: Paintings from the 1960s

The 1960s were the first decade of Ivackovic’s life in Paris. During those years he held two solo exhibitions (1963, 1967), participated in group exhibitions among which are several dedicated to art inspired by jazz, as well as the Paris Biennial (in the selection of Young French Critics) in 1965, which brought him his first major international recognition and success. During the Phill Woods’ French tour Ivackovic was part of several multimedial evenings in 1967, painting his large formats “live” on the stage, while jazz band performed.

Ivackovic’s works from the 1960s strongly relay on the expressive potential of his abstraction. Among all the Ivackovic's paintings they are the closest to revealing the mindset of a jazz musician in the world of visual arts. Particularly those from his first years in Paris (1962-1965), made him recognizable on Paris art scene as a painter with a deep jazz influence in both his creative approach to painting and the creative process itself.
Although based on the accumulated knowledge of relations among elements of a painting, achieved through many sketches and studies, Ivackovic’s process of creating a new painting liberates the jazz musician within him:
“I accomplish every painting in continuity, in a single breath. I feel when a painting is finished and every time when I try to add or change something after a certain time, it would lose its real meaning, its identity, its being, because for me a painting is only a reflection of a certain state, of traces of excitement, evidence of a creative play in a given course of time, in other words, unique.”

Today his works can be found in Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art and National Museum in Belgrade, as well as in prominent private collections and foundations in Serbia and Europe.

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Credits Gallery RIMA: 
1. Dj. Ivackovic, PAINTING 26 VI ’63, 1963, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 65 × 50 cm
2. Dj. Ivackovic, PAINTING 26 VII ’63 / B, 1963, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 65 × 50 cm
3. Dj. Ivackovic, PAINTING 10. VI ’81, 1981, oil on canvas, 200 × 200 cm