le livre édité cette année par Assouline
Frederic, friend and webmaster of Renaissance du design (he presented his collection of furniture) just pointed me an exhibition by Francois Laffanour (gallery Downtown) associated with the art market specialist Philippe Ségalot in a stand of TEFAF. The Shaker furniture (1820-1890) was invited here. Its link with the Modern Movement is obvious and is reflected in the title of the catalog, Shaker - function, purity, perfection, which describes the major pieces of Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon (Pennsylvania, close to the famous Carnegie Dinosaur Museum). The link is known and undisputed between this ancestral modern and some artistic or modern political hopes but it exceeds the "purism", the relation between form and function" and the "perfection" of a few rustic-classic proportions (which correspond to formal expectations neomodernist contemporaries rather than founding ideals of William Morris). You have to dig our religious imagination to know what "this" seems true enough that one can always believe in "that" ... An weberian analysis guiding us in direction of of these radicals models orignin. Protestants with their state-uniens cousins, British, Scandinavian, German or Helvetian in their purity and hygiene obsessions prophetic background, promised land of manifest destiny. A fine of "restless" Band both touching and disturbing that revolted Catholics in southern Europe in the throes bling-bling! The right question is: why this typical Puritan modernity is gaining ground in the late nineteenth century and contaminates all the West civilisation and periphery in the twentieth, including Catholic strongholds such as Italy or France? Without doubt, the migratory wave of 1870, the Long Depression, World War II, the Crash of 1929, the National Revolution of Petain, bombings and reconstruction, not to mention the current ecological crisis, require a spirit of repentance and recount. Convulsing caused by this changing reality, French thought oscillates between abundance and poverty, ranging from introversion to the Benedictine Franciscan wandering. The second trend blends in well with the ideal type shaker of economic production, utility, traditional (a natural and original purism) but there is a contradiction to point, not settled by the old treaties of peace between the joyful hysterical "transgression" Franciscan and sad normative "performance" than was needed every day these singular Shakers who, far from being completely shaken, trembling before God (Libération, 20 August 1996).