needs - paris bench_LR.jpg


needs (Paris), 2001, edition of 6,
colour photograph, 94 x 120 cm
Let's Pretend They are Furniture_Green Pencil.jpg


Let's Pretend They are Furniture (Shelf for a pencil), 2013,
wood, pencil, 16.5 x 1 x 24 cm
Let's Pretend install.jpg


Let's Pretend They are Furniture,
(Fruit stand); (Vase stand); (Surtout),
2013, wood and various materials,
variable dimensions
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Architectural model remains become bracelet (Marseille 3), 2013,
edition of 10, gold plated brass
Architectural model remains become bracelet_Marseille 1_2_LR.jpg


Architectural model remains become bracelet (Marseille 1), 2013,
edition of 10, gold plated brass
needs - Osaka bike_LR.jpg


needs (Osaka), 1999, edition of 5,
colour photograph, 94 x 120 cm
Let's Pretend They are Furniture_Lamp.jpg


Let's Pretend They are Furniture (Lamp),
2013, edition of 5,
wood, paper, light-fixture,
113.5 x 28 x 28 cm
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Table Works (1), 2013,
brass, paper, 33 x 22 x 4 cm
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Table Works (4), 2013,
brass, ribbon, 31.5 x 29 x 28 cm
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Table Works (5), 2013,
brass, paper, 37.5 x 33 x 9.5 cm
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Table Works (6), 2013,
brass, plastic, 30.5 x 30.5 x 29 cm
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Tournicotte, 2011,
edition of 6, colour photograph 75 x 56 cm
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Adirondack Line, 2011,
edition of 6, colour photograph 86 x 115 cm
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French Thonet, 2011,
edition of 6, colour photograph 56 x 75 cm
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Vertical, 2010,
mixed media, variable dimensions
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Collecting Rain, 2007,
edition of 10, colour photograph, 51 x 41 cm
courbot_a_place_where_it_rained.jpg


A place where it rained, 2007,
edition of 10, colour photograph, 70 x 55 cm
courbot_a_sword_or_a_fishing.jpg


A sword or a fishing rod, 2007,
edition of 10, colour photograph, 60 x 77 cm
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Something that was not planned, 2007,
edition of 10, colour photograph, 45 x 56 cm
courbot_somewhere_between.jpg


Somewhere between where you’re coming from and
where you’re going to
, 2007, painted steel, 101.5 x 369.5 cm
courbot_bringing_new_stories.jpg


Bringing New Stories, 2004,
wall extension with lighting lowered to standard domestic height
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needs (St Jean Port Joli), 2001,
edition of 6, colour photograph, 94 x 120 cm

Didier Courbot

Working with a range of media – sculpture, video, photography – Courbot documents the urban environment with an extraordinary sensitivity. His recreations of specific elements and his subtle interventions draw attention to the forgotten and discarded.

“ In the needs series, the main thing is the action, for me it’s not a photo series, it works like sculpture. Then I do the photos in a specific, precise way. The reason I came to this, I would not like people to go and to see what I have been doing in those places, because it would become a spectacle. I really feel like it has to be shown with a difference of space and time, it has been somewhere in some places, but then, it has no meaning to go and see a repaired bench, for example. "

— Didier Courbot

1967

Born in Hazebrouck (Nord), France

1993

Paysagiste DPLG, diplome de L’Ecole Nationale Superieure du Paysage de Versailles

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016

Now & Then, Galerie Untilthen, Paris

2013

Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
about the exhibition

Bijoux Projects, Maison Revel - Centre des ressources du Pôle Pantin Métiers d'Art, Pantin, France

2011

Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto
about the exhibition

La Maréchalerie centre d’art contemporain, Versailles, France

2010

It was Situated about Half a Day's Journey up the Valley from the River, Le CAP de Saint-Fons, Saint-Fons, France

Something to be built over a stairwell in a small bedroom, Galerie HO, Marseilles

2009

Quand une trace de pneu deviant une ligne de fleurs, trois jardins à realiser, Entre-Deux, Nantes

Urban Ping Pong (with Éric Hattan and Tool Box), Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

Luna Park, Atelier 880, Arques la Bataille, France

2007

Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

Chantier Hall, Le Triangle, Rennes, France

2004

Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

Centre d’art et Domaine de Kerghehennec (with Roman Ondák), Bignan, France

2003

A Constellation of Constantly Changing Fragments, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2002

Galerie Nelson, Paris

2001

I clandestini, La Folie de la Villa Médicis, Villa Médicis, Académie de France à Rome, Rome

2000

FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-les-Rouen, France

Part 1, Le Spot, Le Havre, France

1999

Perfect Days, Galerie Nelson, Paris

Bonjour et merci, Galerie hlavniho mesta Prahy, Starometskà Radnice, Prague, Czech Republic

1997

Le narrateur avant perdu la voix, The Shiseido Ginza Artspace, Tokyo, Japan

Voyages avec quellques uns de mes amis, Carte Blanche, Fondation Cartier, Paris

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

Still Life: Looking at the Overlooked, Trepanier Baer, Calgary

Chercher le garçon, Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne

2013

La Collection Impossible, Foundation Fernet-Branca, St. Louis, France

Images Like Birds/Des Images comme des oiseaux, Les Rencontres d'Arles Photographie, Marseille

DOUBLE MESSAGE, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo

2011

Plutôt que rein: démontages, Maison populaire, Montreuil, France

The Impossible Community, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow

Paris Separates, John Tevis Gallery, Paris

2010

Site Exercises, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

Marcher, Bon Accueil, Rennes, France

CE QUI VIENT: Les Ateliers de Rennes Biennial, Rennes, France

L’Art est un jeu. Tant pis pour celui qui s’en fait un devoir! Oeuvres de la collection du Frac Alsace, Frac Alsace, Sélestat, France

2008

TOOL BOX, Entre-deux, Nantes

düsseldorf contemporary redux, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

Momentum, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

2007

Romantic Conceptualism, Bewag Foundation, Vienna, Austria; Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

Casino Royale, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE Gallery, Tokyo

Crossings, The Nicosia Municipal Art Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus

2006

Prendendo Misure, Via Nuova arte contemporanea, Firenze, Italy

Crossings, Castello San Angelo, Malta

Unsichtbare Welten (Invisible Worlds), Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Chers Amis, Centre d’art et Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Bignan, France

2005

Art Circus (Jumping from the Ordinary), Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama

Here & There: City Acts, Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta

Entre Provenance et Destination, ERBA, Dunkerque, France

2004

Barraque d’dull odde (–Romantic–), Galleria Continua,  San Gimignano, Italy

2003

Peter Pan is Back!, Galerie Nelson, Paris

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, Japan

2002

C’est pas du cinéma!, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France

Basics, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

2001

Composure, Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto

Paysages d’Entre-Villes, Musée Zadkine, Paris

2000

Spazi offerti, San Casciano dei Bagni, Italy

1999

La Ville, Le Jardin, La Mémoire, Villa Médicis, Rome

1998

ALBUM: A selection from the Fondation Cartier pour léArt Contemporain, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

1997

Heaven, private view, P.S.1, New York

Didier Courbot

by Leila Timmins (review)

Magenta Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017

visit (www.magentafoundation.org)

Didier Courbot: A Question of Needs

by Ella Dawn McGeough (review)

Redwood Wealth Journal, January 2014

FrameWork 12/13

by Liza Eurich (essay)

Susan Hobbs Gallery, December 2013

read the full text (pdf)

Of painterly precision and prosaic poetics

by Murray Whyte (review)

The Toronto Star, 12 December 2013

read (pdf)

Didier Courbot: Susan Hobbs

by Bill Clarke (review)

ARTnews, February 2012

read (pdf)

Didier Courbot: Seven Diamonds/needs/In the exact Spot/Propositions for a Landscape

by Anna Alkema, Emmanuel Ropers and Chiaki Sakaguchi
(book)

Paris: Editions B42, 2010

TOOL BOX

(exhibition catalogue)

Nantes: Entre-deux, 2008

Dusseldorf Do

by Leah Sandals (review)

NOW Magazine, 17-24 July 2008

Art Circus (Jumping from the Ordinary): Yokohama International Triennal of Contemporary Art 2005

by Tadashi Kawamata, et al
(exhibition catalogue)

Yokohoma: The Japan Foundation, 2005

Le proche et le lointain

by Anne Bonin (article)

Parachute, April 2005

Baptême de l’espace

by Francines Déverines (review)

Connaissance de val-de-Marne, March 2005

Exposition de groupe: Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris

by Marie-Jeanne Caprasse (review)

paris-art.com, February 2005

Expos: Didier Courbot

by Didier Arnaudet (review)

Artpress, January 2005

Les affiches ne meurent jamais

by Didier Arnaudet (review)

artexte.ca, December-April 2004

Doubles espaces

by Philippe Coubetergues (review)

Beaux Arts Magazine, October 2004

Didier Courbot

by Damien Sausset (article)

Connaissance des Arts, October 2004

Si loin, si proche: la donne commune

by Hughes Jacquet (review)

exporevue.com, February 2004

A helping handyman

by Monty Di Pietro (article)

The Japan Times, 19 November 2003

Didier Courbot

by Chiaki Sakaguchi (article)

ART IT, Autumn/Winter 2003

Peter Pan is Back

by Anthony Downey (review)

Contemporary, issue 49, 2003

Emotional rescue

by Jörg Heiser (article)

Frieze, November/December 2002

Video, Generation 2002

by Pascale Cassagnau (article)

La Lettre de Cologne, Neue Generationen 1, 2002

Basics

by Bernhard Fibicher (exhibition catalogue)

Bern: Kunsthalle Bern, 2002

Les Intrus

by Mona Hakim and Michel Franck
(exhibition brochure)

Montreal: Le mois de la photo à Montréal, 2001

Interview: Didier Courbot

by Maxence Alcalde (interview)

paris-art.com, 14 June 2001

Didier Courbot, beauté blessée

by Michel Nuridsany (review)

Le Figaro, 1 September 2000

Didier Courbot, l’homme heureux

by Bénédicte Ramade (article)

L’Oeil, July/August 2000

Moteur

by Nicola Thély (article)

Les Inrockuptibles, June 2000

Images Mobiles

by Sophie Duplaix (exhibition catalogue)

Chypre: Centre d’Art de la ville de Nicosie, 2000

The Garden, Nostalgia and Power in Art et Jardins: Nature/Culture

by Catherine Grout (book)

Montréal: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2000

L’art à l’hôpital, une cure d’ouverture

by Olivier Reneau (review)

Beaux-arts Magazine, November 1999

L’origine du Monde de Courbot

by Emmanuelle Lequeux (article)

Aden, October/November 1999

Didier Courbot: La mémoire involontaire

by Marie de Brugerolle (article)

Beaux-Arts Magazine, October 1999

EXTRAetORDINAIRE, Printemps de la photo, Cahors 1999

by Christine Macel (review)

Actes Sud, 1999

Praha

by Didier Courbot (artist project)

Les Carnets du Paysages, Winter 1998

Portrait: Didier Courbot

by Laurence Cabidoche (article)

Les Inrockuptibles, September 1998

Aperto Paris

by Jeff Rian (review)

Flash Art, May/June 1998

De très courts espaces de temps: Biennale de l'image, Paris 1998

by Yann Beauvais (exhibition catalogue)

Paris: Centre National de la Photographie, 1998

Album: A selection from the Fondatión Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain

by Dorothée Charles et al. (book)

Éditions Actes Sud/Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, 1998

Entre Fictions

by Stéphane Carrayrou (exhibition catalogue)

Paris: Actes Sud, 1998

Didier Courbot

by Shinko Suzuki (article)

Studio Voice, Tokyo, July 1997

Millenium nº 2, Didier Courbot

by Jean-Michel Ribettes (exhibition catalogue)

Tokyo: Shiseido Ginza Artspace, 1997

Quelques images par seconde, projet pour un film à réaliser

by Didier Courbot (book)

Maubeuge: Idem + arts, 1997

Didier Courbot, slowly but surely

by John Christako (article)

The Daily Yomiuri, 10 June 1997

Didier Courbot

by Cyril Jarton (review)

Le journal des expositions, June 1996

Didier Courbot

by Didier Arnaudet (review)

Artpress, May 1996

Les couleurs de la chambre

by Mo Gourmelon (book)

in Des images à distance Le Havre: Les Musées du Havre, 1995