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Taloi Havini: Reclaiming Space and History By Ruth McDougall, Sydney

Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Art Shows to See By Casey Carsel, New York

After structural issues forced The Armory Show into last-minute relocation pirouettes last year, the fair returns between 5 and 8 March 2020 with a flourishing programme, complemented by stand-out shows across New York City.

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Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze Ocula Insight Ella Kruglyanskaya Steals from Art History, Takes Back Gaze By Tessa Moldan, London

For her second solo exhibition at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, Ella Kruglyanskaya's compositions signal the many possibilities of paint.

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b. 1941, France

Bernar Venet Biography

French sculptor Bernar Venet is known for creating abstract pieces that make reference to the language of mathematical concepts and scientific theories, transposing them into the realm of Art. Whether displayed within white walls or installed in the natural landscape, his monumental sculptures often engage the surrounding environment in resonant dialogue. Venet explores the dynamics of material, form and force – his experiments with coal, tar, cinder and steel harness the qualities of natural elements to construct a beauty that is rational yet organic. In 1970’s, he started creating the Bows and Angles series, and progressed to his Indeterminate Lines sculptures in the early 1980’s. A conceptually rigorous artist, Venet’s oeuvre has a distinctive formal clarity drawn from mathematical constructs, but which also emanate a profound spiritual presence and harmony.

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Bernar Venet’s works are acquired by the most prestigious public collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; and Musée national d'Art modern, Paris. On top of numerous solo and group exhibitions, public and private commissions, he has exhibited at the Château de Versailles, France in 2011, Venice Biennale, Italy in 1978 and at Documenta VI, Kassel, Germany in 1977. A venerated master of his field, Venet has received some of the world’s most coveted awards and honours. Among these are a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, Washington D.C., and the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris. In 1996 he was awarded the title of Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et Lettres by the Minister of Culture in France, and in 2005, the honour of Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration. 

Bernar Venet Featured Artworks

Indeterminate Line by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork
Bernar VenetIndeterminate Line, 1991Rolled steel
177.5 x 197.5 x 243 cm
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12 Acute Unequal Angles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork
Bernar Venet12 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016Cor-ten steel
228 x 115 x 240 cm
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Effrondement: 211.5° Arc x 5 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork
Bernar VenetEffrondement: 211.5° Arc x 5, 2012Rolled steel with black patina
20 x 65 x 65 cm
Waddington Custot Enquire about this work

Bernar Venet Current & Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Bernar Venet, ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
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26 March–26 April 2020 Bernar Venet ASHK x HKAGA Sculpture Exhibition de Sarthe, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Bernar Venet, IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING at de Sarthe, Hong Kong
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26 March–18 May 2019 Bernar Venet IN RELATION: PERFORMANCE / SCULPTURE / PAINTING de Sarthe, Hong Kong

Bernar Venet In Ocula Magazine

A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 Ocula Report A blended mass: A report from Art Basel 2016 By Stephanie Bailey, Basel

It was both a conservative and global year for the 47th Art Basel , as Scott Reyburn reported for The New York Times . Volatile markets—and politics—explained the wealth of historical pieces featured amongst more contemporary installations in Gianni Jetzer’s Unlimited section, this year with a record number of 88 works in total...

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Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 Ocula Report Top 5 booths at Art Busan 2016 By Angela Suh, Busan

Located a stones throw from the famed Haeundae Beach, popularised in Korean cinema and countless K-dramas, Art Busan 2016 conveyed a leisurely air brought on by the first warm days of spring. Now in its fifth edition, the fair has grown into a sizeable event showcasing some of the best works in the region. With over 190 participating galleries...

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Bernar Venet In Related Press

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One Of The Greatest French Living Artists, Bernar Venet Holds Two New Exhibitions In France Related Press One Of The Greatest French Living Artists, Bernar Venet Holds Two New Exhibitions In France 17 September 2018, Forbes

'My goal is to free sculpture from the constraints of composition and to criticize the utopian principle of an ideal order,' says Bernar Venet, 77, whose Indeterminate Lines, Arcs, Angles, Diagonals and Straight Lines sculptures fashioned from manipulated raw metal beams and based on concepts of order, disorder, instability and uncertainty have...

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Conceptual artist Bernar Venet gets a bigger stage in the UK with three shows this summer Related Press Conceptual artist Bernar Venet gets a bigger stage in the UK with three shows this summer 25 May 2017, The Art Newspaper

The French conceptual artist Bernar Venet is making a splash in the UK this summer, with his first gallery show in London in more than 40 years; an exhibition of large-scale sculptures at Cliveden country house in Buckinghamshire; and a new work on show in Frieze Sculpture in Regent’s Park, London.

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Bernar Venet: Versatile Forms Related Press Bernar Venet: Versatile Forms 28 March 2017, Aesthetica

Presented by Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, Bernar Venet: Arcs , showcases the dynamic work of the French conceptual artist through six large-scale drawings alongside two new sculptures. By merging these artistic mediums, the relationship between form and material is apparent, whilst the boundaries between them become blurred.

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Bernar Venet: Angles, arcs, and straight lines Related Press Bernar Venet: Angles, arcs, and straight lines 10 January 2017, Whitewall

New York seems to be celebrating you this year. One of your sculptures just got installed on Union Square, you received the ISC Lifetime Achievement Award with Kiki Smith, and Paul Kasmin inaugurated your first New York solo show in the past ten years. How are you feeling at the moment? I’m very glad. It’s been exactly 50 years since I arrived...

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