Jacques Charlier

The Most Wanted Man

Screen printing on canvas (diptych)
44,5 x 38 cm (x 2)
Purchase SPACE Liege
Acquisition: 2004
Location: Liege-Musée des Beaux-Arts

From the 1980's, Jacques Charlier began systematically rereading the entire History of Art, focusing particularly on the sacred character of painting. No style, no period of time escaped his reassessment. In the 1990's, in a series of portraits of Belgian celebrities (André Cools, Arno…), he put together a diptych screen print of Noël Godin in the style of Andy Warhol. Created as part of an exhibition at the Aeroplastics gallery in Brussels, shortly after the cream pie in Bill Gates’s face, this work represents the best ambassador of subversion, face and profile shot as a criminal arrested by American police. If it earned him international recognition, Godin’s practical jokes also led to a series of lawsuits, each one more expensive than the last. At a party supporting his cause in 2004 at the Mirano in Brussels, SPACE acquired this portrait which is very highly spoken of by another emblematic Belgian personality, Plastic Bertrand. (Julie Hanique)

° 1939

Lives and works in Liege