Sam Szafran - A kid from Les Halles - Conversation with Jean Clair and Louis Deledicq
"We wanted to keep the character of this exchange with Sam Szafran, which took place in his studio in 1999, without modifying anything of his vocabulary or syntax, without erasing his deviations, his excesses, or any incorrectness of tone, style or grammar. This was to respect the artist's singularity, to make him grasp the complexity, between refinement and coarseness, to make him hear his voice again, and to find the cadence. Samy, the street kid, was familiar with the Halles before they were destroyed, when they were still the haunt of the brutal fauna of vendors, thieves and prostitutes. Little by little, slowly, he developed a painting with a refined sensitivity and great erudition. The dauber, unaware of the teaching of his practice, would become one of the greatest painters of his time."