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Barbara Nanning, Untitled, 2014, glass, blue gold, 18 x 30 x 22 cm © Barbara Nanning and Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery.

Evolution, a term for mapping out a piece of artistic history in a Darwinian manner. But not in a rigid way, just as nature does not let itself be governed by systematic laws that are all too strict. The oeuvre of Barbara Nanning is a continuum of objects that can be classified into groups, as if species and families. Her new objects follow from the preceding ones. Ideas often continue to have an effect for a long period of time, but never in a strictly linear way. 

Sometimes the forms are hybrid, emerging like some caprice of nature in an entirely new guise – and in isolated cases, via a large detour after much searching and dead-end experiments. But they almost always come into being without a shred of hesitation, confident and bold.

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Barbara Nanning, Untitled, 2014, orange gold, sandblasting, 16 x 29 x 23 cm © Barbara Nanning and Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery.

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Barbara Nanning, Untitled, 2014, orange gold, sandblasting, 16 x 31 x 22 cm © Barbara Nanning and Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery.

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Barbara Nanning, Untitled, 2014, blue, champagne gold, 16 x 29 x 24 cm © Barbara Nanning and Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery.

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Barbara Nanning, Untitled, 2014, champagne gold, 17 x 37 x 24 cm © Barbara Nanning and Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery.

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Barbara Nanning, Untitled, 2014, glass, orange gold, sandblasting, 17 x 28 x 29 cm © Barbara Nanning and Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery. 

Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery.