The first half of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon’s (1934–2005) career was devoted to posters, illustrations, and television animations that brought him international acclaim for their diversity and virtuosity; his illustrations appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Fortune, and Esquire. In the 1990s, he pivoted to sculpture, focusing on statuary and working with both direct carving and modeling, which he then translated to bronze or stone. This is the first publication to explore the entirety of Folon’s sculptural work. Drawing inspiration from the Cyclades, the Etruscans, from African masks and Indian totems, Folon’s sculptures are characterized by their frontality and corporality.
Mercatorfonds, 9780300257717, 208pp.
Publication Date: February 23, 2021
About the Author
Jean-Michel Folon is a Belgian artist. Renzo Piano is an Italian architect and was a friend of the artist. Stéphanie Angelroth is director of the Folon Foundation. Marilena Pasquali is director of the Morandi Museum in Bologna. Allison Michel is lecturer in the art history department at La Cambre, Brussels. Isabelle Douillet – de Pange is an art historian (UCLouvain). Marie Resseler is an art historian (UCLouvain).