artist
Jaume Xifra
birth
Salt, Spain, 1934
death
Paris, France, 16-4-2014
last update
27-03-2024
Born in Salt (Girona) in 1934, Jaume Xifra was the first Catalan Conceptual artist to leave for France in 1959, to escape the dictatorship. He first settled in Provence and the following year in Paris, where he studied art at the Académie Populaire d’Arts Plastiques and cinema at the École Pratique des Hautes Études. He was an assistant to the sculptors Apel·les Fenosa and César, initiating his own work with a series of paintings that began from the outlines of objects. Using the pochoir technique and a spray gun, these works critiqued consumer society. Between 1969 and 1972, he played a leading role among the group of Conceptual artists known as the Paris Catalans, together with Antoni Miralda, Joan Rabascall, Benet Rossell and Dorothée Selz, who collectively developed ceremonial actions involving group participation. In contact with the Chilean popular culture of Huaquen, he created a series of works linked to the world of ritualism and cosmic symbolism. In the eighties, the appearance of a new linguistic computer program encouraged him to return to painting, creating his own computer-based painting system. From different families of signs, forms were combined generating the likeness of a person or object. On the whole, Xifra’s is a visionary work that links with the tradition of Dada, impossible and ritual objects, and the confluence of technology and artistic creation. Xifra played a central role in the collective actions of the Paris Catalans, with works such as Memorial de Verderonne (1969), Festa en blanc (1970) and Festa en quatre colors (1972). Among other venues, he exhibited at the Université de Perpignan (2001), Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona (2002) and the Galeria Palma Dotze de Santa Margarida i els Monjos, Barcelona (2010). He participated in Francesc Torres’ 25% project for the 2013 Venice Biennale. His work is included in collections such as the Fundació Suñol, Barcelona; Tous d’Art Contemporani; and MACBA, Barcelona.
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Joan
1993
Jaume Xifra
Composition
1989
Jaume Xifra
Composition
1988
Jaume Xifra
(Noir) Trait de caractere
1986
Jaume Xifra
(Blanc) Marcel "Portrait"
1986
Jaume Xifra
Sense títol
1985
Jaume Xifra
Sense títol. Sèrie: "Irreversible" / "Impossible"
1975
Jaume Xifra
[Sense títol]
1975
Jaume Xifra
Sense títol. Sèrie: "Irreversible" / "Impossible"
1973
Jaume Xifra
Impossible
1973
Jaume Xifra
Reliquiae Terra
1970
Jaume Xifra
Reliquari
1970
Jaume Xifra
Reliquiari Flors
1970
Jaume Xifra
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[4784_001 / Imatge] [Sense títol]
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[6663_001_rgb / Imatge] Sense títol. Sèrie: "Irreversible" / "Impossible"
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[3153_005_tif / Imatge] Exposició - Instal·lació
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[3899_002_hist / Imatge] Objets et rituels
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[3150_001_pub / Imatge] Reliquaire Blanc (Fête en blanc)
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[6662_001_rgb / Imatge] Pochoir
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[3606_001_rgb / Imatge] Pochoir Objects
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Carta : [París?], a Pepa i a Joan [i.e. Pepa Llopis i Joan Brossa], [Barcelona, 1993? des.?]
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Carta : París, a Joan i a Pepa [i.e. Joan Brossa i Pepa Llopis], Barcelona, 1989 des. 27
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Carta : París, a Pepa i a Joan [i.e. Pepa Llopis i Joan Brossa], Barcelona, 1982 gen. 4
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Carta : París, a Brossa [i.e. Joan Brossa], Barcelona, 1980 juny 28
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Carta : París, a Joan Brossa, Barcelona, 1979 des. 26
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Carta : París, a Joan Brossa, Girona, 1979 nov. 29
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Carta : [París?], a [Joan Brossa, Barcelona, 1977? des.?]
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Jaume Xifra : praxis i implicació : col·lecció de deu postals / [text: Alexandre Cirici]
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Jaume Xifra : praxis i implicació : col·lecció de deu postals / [text: Alexandre Cirici]
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1976
Jaume Xifra : praxis i implicació : col·lecció de deu postals / [text: Alexandre Cirici]
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1976
Situació color : [festa ritual / d'Antoni Miralda i Jaume Xifra celebrada a la casa de Josep Suñol amb la col·laboració de Galeria Vandrés, Barcelona 10 de Juny 1976 ; text, Maria Lluīsa Borrás ; fotografies, Richard Conahay i Lluís Diez Solano]
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Carta : París, a Brossa [i.e. Joan Brossa], Barcelona, 1975 des. 23
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1975
Carta : París, a Pepa i a Joan [i.e. Pepa Llopis i Joan Brossa], Barcelona, 1974 juny 3
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Carta : [París], a Pepa i a Joan [i.e. Pepa Llopis i Joan Brossa], [Barcelona], 1973 maig 20
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Carta : París, a Brossa [i.e. Joan Brossa], Barcelona, 1973 març 30
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Xifra : irreversibles
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1973
Xifra : irreversibles
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1973
"Rituel en quatre couleurs" / Miralda, Selz, Xifra
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Cérémonie-rituel, Kürten (Cologne 1971) : le CNAC présente dans le cadre de la VIIe Biennale de Paris le samedi 2 octobre 1971 à 17 h. "Rituel en quatre couleurs" de Miralda, Selz, Xifra [...]
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"Rituel en quatre couleurs" / Miralda, Selz, Xifra
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"Rituel en quatre couleurs" / Miralda, Selz, Xifra
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"Rituel en quatre couleurs" / Miralda, Selz, Xifra
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Mémorial : action en 7 temps sans compter les temps morts
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1969
Carta : [París?], a Joan i a Pepa [i.e. Joan Brossa i Pepa Llopis], [Barcelona, 19--]
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Carta : [París?], a Joan i a Pepa [i.e. Joan Brossa i Pepa Llopis], [Barcelona, 19--]
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Carta : [París?], a Pepa i a Joan [i.e. Pepa Llopis i Joan Brossa], [Barcelona, 19--]
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