W. Hollywood, CA


seasonal paintings 




PDC Design Gallery will present an exhibition of works by 78-year old French conceptual painter Claude Rutault, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in Southern California. With “seasonal paintings” Rutault presents several “de-finitions/methods” painting installations. The exhibition can be viewed online and dates will be announced in the near future.

This exhibition will bring together historic “de-finitions/methods” from the 1970s through 1990s, as well as one major site-specific work created for the PDC Design Gallery. On the first floor, Rutault will present classical works from the ’70s, with canvases hung on the wall, alongside his “de-finition/method: puppets,” from Collection Billarant, Paris, where canvases dangle perilously from the ceiling. On the second floor, the artist will present a new installation, titled “de-finition/method: seasonal paintings” (2020), consisting of scattered canvasses in various colors, sizes, and shapes lying on the floor. Viewers will circumnavigate through the space, which will purposefully echo the organic composition of a natural orchard or grove. The canvases will be sourced in Los Angeles and donated to a local art school upon completion of the exhibition.

The first of Rutault’s “de-finitions/methods” was created in 1973 and has since provided the foundation for over 600 works. In 1973, the artist made the radical decision to paint a small canvas the same color as the wall in his kitchen. He quickly formalized this founding gesture with the writing of this sentence: “a stretched canvas painted the same color as the wall on which it’s hung; all commercially available formats can be used, be they rectangular, square, round or oval.” Since then, Rutault’s practice has consisted in the writing of texts called “de-finitions/methods,” indicating protocols according to which a gallery, an institution or a private collector agrees to “actualize” a given work. The space in which each work is presented determines its actualization, allowing the works to evolve over time and considering painting as a concept in itself, rather than as a finished and autonomous object.

Rutault has widely exhibited across Europe, with major solo exhibitions at the Musée National d’Art Moderne-Centre Pompidou (Paris), Musée Picasso (Paris), Musée d’art moderne et contemporain (Geneva), the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (Oslo), the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (Ghent), and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Rutault’s work has been included in many international group exhibitions, including at the Museum of Old and New Art (Tasmania), the 3rd Moscow Biennale, Palazzo Fortuny (Venice), Documenta 6 and Documenta 7 (Kassel), and may be found in leading private and public collections in France and Europe. Claude Rutault (b. 1941 in Trois-Moutiers, France) lives and works in La Celle St Cloud, outside of Paris. 


de-finition/method “out of frame”, 1994
Paint on canvas
Variable according to the actualisation
courtesy Galerie Perrotin
de-finition/method: small rectangular canvases, round, oval or square painted the same color as the wall on which they are hung. these canvases are disposed as if surrounding, drawing, framing a big absent painting. this frame is incomplete. it shows some recesses serving as openings. variable dimensions and forms of the previous canvases as of the missing painting.


For further information about the artist please contact:

Julie Morhange, juliemorhange@perrotin.com

For media inquires please contact:

Karen Peterson, karen@kj-agency.com

Katherine Wisniewski, katherinewisniewski@perrotin.com

For further information about PDC Design Gallery:

For exhibitions at PDC please visit PDC Arts Programming at www.pacificdesigncenter.com

To be invited to submit an exhibit proposal — please contact Helen Varola Advisory at helen@helenvarola.com   


The PDC Design Gallery is a two-level museum-quality exhibition space, located in the freestanding building in the Pacific Design Center plaza that was formerly occupied by MOCA. The gallery is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking for press is available by calling the PDC Parking Office one day in advance Monday – Friday at 310-360-6417. 

The gallery is devoted to art and design, engaging internationally renown artists, celebrated designers, noted curators, professional design organizations and leading academic institutions to draw upon the collective intelligence and creativity of California’s vast design culture as well as international design invention and innovation. 

The gallery’s mission is to explore design as an extension of artistic practice through a vast range of multi-disciplinary practices with three four-month exhibitions per year. Programming comprises special commissions, installation-based exhibits, visionary architectural projects, graphic communications, design objects, artist designed furniture and textiles as well as cutting-edge work by L.A.’s young artists and students.

PDC Design Gallery, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, 90069

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