Peter HUTCHINSON is an artist and photographer born in 1930. He went to USA and studied Arts in Illinois University between 1953 and 1960. Peter HUTCHINSON started his artistic career during the sixties as a minimalist painter.

Afterwards, he took some distances with minimalism and he is, at this moment, perceived as a conceptual artist, like his participation to exhibition: Information (1970), organized at the MoMA of New York, underlines it. Peter HUTCHINSON was presented with about 100 other artists, including Vito ACCONCI, Daniel BUREN, Sol LeWITT, Robert MORRIS, Andy WARHOL, Robert RAUSCHENBERG, Jan DIBBETS, Hans HAACKE, Dennis OPPENHEIM, Edward RUSCHA, Robert SMITHSON, and Jeff WALL. It is with the conceptual art approach that Peter HUTCHINSON began to merge text and photo-collages.

From Minimalism to Narrative Art

Then, Peter HUTCHINSON’s work took a new direction, more linked to Land Art and Narrative Art, movements within which he was pioneer. Jack-of-all-trades, he has kept on experimenting various mediums.

Narrative Art, also called Story Art, started through text and pictures associations. It differs from Conceptual Art by the preeminence of the narrative sequences. Peter HUTCHINSON’s artworks have a deeper temporality. They take place in a continuum which disagree with the photographic idea of “decisive moment” dear to Henri CARTIER-BRESSON. Using text combined with photos allowed this feat. It was during the 1970s that gallerist John GIBSON, fond of photography and a literature lover, took an interest for textual photography and organized the Story exhibition in 1973. It was the very first exhibition gathering photo-text artists, among which David ASKEVOLD, John BALDESSARI, Bill BECKLEY, Peter HUTCHINSON, Jean Le GAC, David TREMLETT, Ger van ELK, William WEGMAN and Roger WELCH.

Peter HUTCHINSON has focused on subjects about relationships between human and nature. The collages, the use of gouache and woad, the juxtaposition of photos and the notes of the artist has produced unique pieces.

Museums :

Arp Museum Rolandseck, Remagen, Netherlands

Collection du Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France

Finch College Museum, New York City, USA

F.R.A.C. Limousin, Limoges, France

F.R.A.C. Paris, France

Gordon Matta-Clark Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerpen, Belgium

Künstlergärten, Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar, Netherlands

Musée d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland

Musée de Beaux-Arts, Toulouse / France

Musée de St.-Etienne, St.-Etienne, France

Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel

Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany

Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany

Museum Ludwig, Wien, Austria

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney / Australia

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston / Massachusetts, USA

Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA

National Gallery of Art, Washington / DC, USA

Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Boston / Massachusetts, USA

Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany

The New Museum, New York City, USA

Wadsworth Atheneum, Collection of Sol Lewitt, Hartford / Connecticut, USA

Fairs and exhibitions :

Peter Hutchinson, FRAC Bretagne, Rennes, France, 2015

Land Art, Koblenz Museum, Coblence, Germany, 2011

Gathering: Art about Architecture, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 2010

Retrospective, Arp Gallery, Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany, 2009

Paradis rêvé, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagen, Allemagne, 2009

Peter Hutchinson, FRAC Limousin, Limoges, France, 2006

La Photographie écrite. 1950-2005, Centre National d’Art et du Paysage - Vassivière et Limousin, Ile de Vassivière, France, 2006

Derrière les faits, la Fondation Miró, Barcelone, Espagne, 2004

Derrière les faits, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal, 2004

Group Sculpture Exhibition, Arp Museum Rolandseck, Remagen, Germany, 2001

Land Art, Narrative Art, Galerie Lucien Durand Le Gaillard, Paris, 1999

Artists Who Work With Living Plants, Heidelberg, Allemagne, 1997

The Narrative Art of Peter Hutchinson: A Retrospective, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1994

Contre la Nature, Centre National d’Art et du Paysage - Vassivière et Limousin, Ile de Vassivière, France, 1991

Photographs & Collages, Galerie Hadrien-Thomas, Paris, 1990

Large Land Art Photos, Galerie Christine et Isy Brachot, Bruxelles, Belgium, 1989

Ruined Rope Throw, Ruined Gallery, Berlin, 1988

Earth Art, John Gibson Gallery, New York, 1987

Photography: New Directions, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1984

Rétrospective, Galerie Denise René-Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1978

Photography for Collectors, MoMA, New York City, New York, 1976

The Anarchist's Story, John Gibson Gallery, New York City, New York, 1975

Narrative Art, Galerie 20, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas, 1973

Story, John Gibson Gallery, New York City, New York, 1973

Earth, Air, Fire and Water: Elements of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1971

Peter Hutchinson, Harcus-Krakow Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, 1971

Information, MoMA, New York City, New York, 1970

Landscapes, John Gibson Gallery, New York City, New York, 1969

Ocean Projects: Hutchinson and Oppenheim, New York City, New York, 1969

Sculpture, Great Southwestern Corporation Park, Atlanta, Georgia, 1968

Collages, Dorothy Iannone Gallery, New York City, New York, 1964

Bibliographie – sélection d’ouvrages : 

Hutchinson, Peter, Dissoudre les nuages, les presses du réel, 2014

Hutchinson, Peter, O'Doherty, Brian & Lloyd, Ann Wilson, The Narrative Art of Peter Hutchinson: A Retrospective, Provincetown Arts Press, 1994

Hutchinson, Peter, Thrown Rope, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005


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