Evariste Richer | Fool’s Gold

by Liam Casey

Attention, purveyors of all things shiny!

On Friday, May 3rd, Parisian-based artist Evariste Richer opens Fool’s Gold, a curious show meant to entice and allure, exhibited at the now one-year-old Emmanuel Barbault gallery in Manhattan’s Bowery. For all those art-trivia buffs out there, Keith Haring used to live and work in the space circa 1982.

Emergency Blanket  - 2019. Fujiflex Print. 20 x 15 cm unframed. 7.9 x 5.5 inches.

Emergency Blanket - 2019. Fujiflex Print. 20 x 15 cm unframed. 7.9 x 5.5 inches.

Utilizing pyrite, the mineral after which the exhibition has been eponymously named, Richer tackles appearances, desires and preconceptions to harness the fool’s gold’s shine and confront art’s monopoly on the eye. Is it a sham? A diversion? Will we ever know?

Pyrite City  - 2019, with Evariste Richer. Subdivision project plan 46.81 x 33.11 inches, 13 pyrites, Eiermann architect table.

Pyrite City - 2019, with Evariste Richer. Subdivision project plan 46.81 x 33.11 inches, 13 pyrites, Eiermann architect table.

Richer’s practice is a fertile example of how presenting a cabinet of curiosities with a Renaissance sensibility while nodding to twentieth-century Conceptual Art can overlap in harmony. 


Fool’s Gold runs from May 3rd until June 16th, 2019 at Emmanuel Barbault.