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Grand Tour Revisited
Pompeii Venezia, 2014, Ultrachrome K3 pigment inkjet print, 22x15 inches © f&d cartier

Françoise & Daniel Cartier »

Grand Tour Revisited

Exhibition: – 1 May 2016

Wed 6 Apr 18:00

elizabeth houston gallery

34 east 1st street
NY 10003 New York
Wed-Sun 12-19

elizabeth houston gallery

190 Orchard Street
NY 10002 New York



Wed-Sun 12-19

Grand Tour Revisited
Napoli Kaunas, 2014, Framed Ultrachrome K3 Pigment Inkjet Print © f&d cartier

F&D Cartier’s solo exhibition: Grand Tour Revisited.
April 6 - May 1, 2016
The artist’s reception will be held Wednesday, April 6th from 6-8pm.

The work of artist duo F&D Cartier combines the talent and vision of sculptor Françoise and photographer Daniel Cartier. The two began working in collaboration in 1995 and began exhibiting as F&D Cartier in 1998. The exhibition Grand Tour Revisited created in 2014 features a body of work that transforms the traditional trip of Europe by juxtaposing nineteenth century black/white slides with contemporary color digital images of F&D Cartier’s own travels. Discovered by the Cartier’s in a market in Switzerland, the nineteenth century slides by photographer Johannes Ganz depict the original Grand Tour in Italy.

An educational rite of passage in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries traditionally reserved for upper class European and American young men of means, the Grand Tour has since been extended to include more of the middle class. The effect of increased rail and steamship travel making the journey less of a financial burden, combined with the popularity of Thomas Cook’s “tours” and 1873 book of traveling timetables for “tourists” ushered in the age of mainstream “TOURISM”.

Grand Tour Revisited
Carrara Ruse, 2014, Framed Ultrachrome K3 Pigment Inkjet Print © f&d cartier

Produced with conceptual vision and antique subjects, Grand Tour Revisited embodies the twenty year tradition of F&D Cartier to elevate found objects. Revealing dreamlike connotations poetically shifting between current existence and historical appearance as in Napoli, Kaunas two frames are seamlessly united into one. As a result, Christ merges with a palm tree while a golden staff rising from an abandoned Lithuanian church photographed in the twenty-first century pierces up into nineteenth century Naples. A muted grey audio speaker subtly reminds us of the present, creating a bridge between timeframes and breaking the historical structure of the Grand Tour through unexpected visual pairings and compositions.

About the artists:
Françoise Cartier attended Kuntstschule, Bern, Switzerland & Daniel Cartier attended Zurcher Hochule der Kunste, Zurich Switzerland. Exhibiting for over 40 years, F&D Cartier are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston / Portland Art Museum, Portland / Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation, Cleveland / Swiss Foundation for Photography, Winterthur/ Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne / Kunstsammlung F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel / Imago Mundi, Helvetia / Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark / Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), Brazil. F&D Cartier were honored with the National Endowment of the Arts Creativity Grant and have been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2015.

Grand Tour Revisited
Firenze Bari, 2014, Framed Ultrachrome K3 Inkjet Print © f&d cartier
Grand Tour Revisited
Roma Kaunas II, 2014, Ultrachrome pigment inkjet print © f&d cartier