Art Saint Barth
Barbarian Days
March 11 – May 1, 2021

Monday–Friday, 9:30am–12:30pm
Or By Appointment
Contact: Philippe Combres +33(0) 673 3110 30

Fergus McCaffrey St. Barth
Route de Grand Fond
97133 St Barthélemy

We are delighted to participate in Barbarian Days, an exhibition opening Thursday, March 11th at Fergus McCaffrey St. Barth, featuring work by: Rachelle Dang, Koji Enokura, Herbie Fletcher, Francesca Gabbiani, Katharina Grosse, Julio Le Parc, Robert Levine, Robert Longo, Ari Marcopoulos, Catherine Opie, Joni Sternbach, and Lawrence Weiner.

We are happy to show a painted edition of a surfboard by the acclaimed German artist Katharina Grosse, and a Utöpia artist flag in upcycled plastic waste by FrancoArgentinian artist Julio Le Parc, a pioneer in “op” and kinetic art. The profits of the sales benefits Parley for the Oceans, to support a special oncoming project in St Barth and Parley’s Global Cleanup Network. The 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life, by William Finnegan, serves as the inspiration for this unruly exhibition celebrating historic and contemporary artists who consider the ocean as a vehicle for an enriching and daunting personal psychosomatic investigation into creative catharsis. Presented at Fergus McCaffrey St. Barth, the gallery’s intimate venue on the wild side of the island at Grand Fond, the exhibition is acoustically augmented by the nearby rush of crashing waves and reverberating subterranean coral ricochets.

The sea is endless, it is intimidating, a source of the known and unknown. The artists in this exhibition draw directly from the ocean—in some cases physically immersing their bodies; in others, their minds; and for some, often both. Yet, common to all, is its offering of expansive possibilities to harness force through image, language, and gesture. These are Barbarian Days indeed.