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Daniel Buren

11 July 2014 - 12 October 2014

Catch as catch can: works in situ

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead presents the work of Daniel Buren (born Boulogne-Billancourt, 1938), widely considered to be France’s greatest living artist and one of the most influential and important figures in contemporary art for the last 50 years. Buren has exhibited in many of the world’s major art institutions and realised numerous external commissions. This summer, a major exhibition at BALTIC will include new and existing work by Buren in its Level 3 and 4 galleries, including a large-scale commission for its renowned Level 4 gallery.

In the 1960s Buren developed a radical form of conceptual art, a ‘degree zero of painting’, creating works which draw attention to the relationship between art and context. He abandoned traditional painting and adopted the 8.7 cm wide vertical stripe, used as a ‘visual tool’ to prompt a reading of the work’s surroundings rather than just the work itself. Made with paint, fabric, paper, tape among other materials, the stripes appear in his interventions in galleries, museums, and public sites. For almost four decades, Buren has chosen to make work in situ, responding to a particular location, and colouring the spaces in which they are created.

While the stripes have remained a recognisable and intrinsic element of Buren’s practice, recently his works have become more sculptural and architectural in form. The artist’s installation Excentrique(s), at the Grand Palais in Paris, commissioned for MONUMENTA, 2012, comprised a series of raised, coloured circular structures covering the 13,500 nave and providing a ‘ceiling’ that could be walked under.

At BALTIC, Buren will present a selection of rarely seen reliefs, paintings and sculptures from the last seven years on Level 3.  Luminous fibre optic works from the artist’s Electric Light series (2011) continue the artist’s preoccupation with form, space, light and colour. Other works made with paint, fibreboard and tape play with depth, surface and architecture. The works will provide further insight into the breadth of his practice.

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Daniel Buren was born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1938. He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2005) and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2002). His work is also included in prestigious private and public collections worldwide. Buren has exhibited at the Venice Biennale more than 10 times and was awarded the Golden Lion for his French Pavilion in 1986. That same year, he produced his first and most controversial public commission, The Two Plateaux, for the main courtyard of the Palais-Royal in Paris. In 2007, he received the Praemium Imperiale for Painting from Japan. Most recently, he was selected to exhibit at MONUMENTA 2012 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

 

Images left-right:

Photo-souvenir : Daniel Buren Excentrique(s), travail in situ, Monumenta 2012, Grand Palais, Paris, mai-juin 2012. Détail.
© DB-ADAGP Paris / Lisson Gallery

Photo-souvenir : Daniel Buren 7 Lines of Electric Light: white & orange situated work, 2011
woven fibre optic, LED (white, orange), metal boxes 2 elements: 26.1 x 26.1 cm, 2 elements: 26.1 x 60.9 cm, 2 elements: 26.1 x 165.3 cm 1 element: 26.1 x 269.7 cm
© DB-ADAGP Paris / Lisson Gallery

Photo-souvenir : Daniel Buren 5 Colours of Electric Light situated work, 2011
woven fibre optic, LED, metal boxes
43.5 x 43.5 cm each
© DB-ADAGP Paris / Lisson Gallery



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