Kayne Griffin is pleased to exhibit a solo presentation of work by Lebanese artist Huguette Caland (1931 – 2019) for the Spotlight section of Frieze Masters 2021. Caland’s body of work is a cohesive exploration of self and moves fluidly among styles, mediums, materials, and subject matter.
The Spotlight presentation for Frieze Masters will consist of a curated selection of self-portraits predominantly made in the 1990s while Caland was living with her daughter in Paris. “I know myself better than anyone else” Caland has said. Huguette’s life was her art, and her experiences were the subject of her work throughout. It was only in these rare works, however, that she depicted her portrait so literally. Artists’ self-portraits are critical to our understanding of both portraiture and the history of art. They are the form in which many artists have come to be remembered, offering insights into their lives, surroundings, and even their state of mind.
Caland’s work has been exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and 36th Venice Biennale (1970). In 2016 she was included in the Hammer Museum biennial, Made in LA. Most recently Caland’s work was included in the Sharjah Biennial (2019). She was also subject to a retrospective of her work at the Tate St. Ives in May 2019. More recently Caland’s work was featured in an exhibition at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha. In the Spring of 2021 Caland had her most comprehensive solo museum exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York.