Bernar Venet Artworks

French artist Bernar Venet is known for his minimalist large-scale steel sculptures, but he has a multi-disciplinary practice. He has also worked across tar, coal, and asphalt.

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Pile of Coal

Bernar Venet's sculpture Pile of Coal (1963) was significant as the first sculpture of its kind, both in terms of its lack of a specific shape and the fact that the coal itself was the work, rather than the material used to make the work. The sculpture could be altered depending on where it was exhibited, and could be exhibited in multiple locations simultaneously.

Drawings

Although he is most famous for his sculptures, Venet's drawings are integral to his practice and frequently inform his sculptural work. This is exemplified in his 'Indeterminate Lines' series, which Venet began in 1979 and marked a turning point in his practice. In the large-scale drawing Indetermined Lines (1987), the adeptness of Venet's material understanding is demonstrated through the precise curves of the line drawn, in charcoal, pastel, and collage, rather than metal.

Indeterminate Line

Venet's interest in the line manifests sculpturally in his public sculpture Indeterminate Line (2004) in Denver, U.S.A. In this work, as with several of the artist's other large-scale metal sculptures, Venet tests the limits of the dense Corten steel in his creation of the perfect curvature of the line that forms the work. The way the work balances in space, making the heavy material seem almost weightless, emphasises the space between the rational and the organic.

Public Commissions

Bernar Venet has public sculptures permanently installed in cities across the world, including Auckland, Austin, Shenzhen, Berlin, Bonn, Denver, Geneva, Neu-Ulm, Nice, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Toulouse, and Vancouver. In 2012, Venet collaborated with the car manufacturer Bugatti to create a unique car that was first shown at the Rubell Family Collection at Art Basel Miami.

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Indeterminate Line by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Bernar Venet Indeterminate Line, 2023 Charcoal, graphite and collage on paper
220 x 153 cm
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13 Acute Unequal Angles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 13 Acute Unequal Angles, 2017 Corten steel
277 x 324 x 130 cm
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11 Uneven Acute Angles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 11 Uneven Acute Angles, 2021 Steel
80 x 86 x 39 cm
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Collapse of Acute Angles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Bernar Venet Collapse of Acute Angles, 2021 Collage and oilstick on paper
130 x 103 cm
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13 Acute Unequal Angles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 13 Acute Unequal Angles, 2020 Steel with black patina
82 x 84 x 40 cm
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9 Acute Unequal Angles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Bernar Venet 9 Acute Unequal Angles, 2015 Charcoal, oilstick and collage on paper
153 x 102 cm
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Two Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork drawing
Bernar Venet Two Indeterminate Lines, 2012 Oilstick and collage on paper
57 x 77 cm
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Three Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Three Indeterminate Lines, 1994 Rolled steel
36 x 45 x 47 cm
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Three Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Three Indeterminate Lines, 1993 Rolled steel
36 x 46 x 57 cm
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Indeterminate Line by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Indeterminate Line, 1994 Rolled steel with patina
31 x 42 x 32.5 cm
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12 Straight Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 12 Straight Lines, 2010 Steel
104 x 41.5 x 41.5 cm
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Observations of Sagittarius A by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Bernar Venet Observations of Sagittarius A, 1967 Oil and marker on canvas
88.9 x 100.3 cm
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Indeterminate Line by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Indeterminate Line, 1984 Graphite on wood
132 x 178 x 7.5 cm
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Gold Saturation with 'we determine finitely' by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting
Bernar Venet Gold Saturation with 'we determine finitely', 2009 Acrylic on canvas

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Peintures or en 4 parties avec 'contient' en haut à gauche by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting
Bernar Venet Peintures or en 4 parties avec 'contient' en haut à gauche, 2009 Acrylic on canvas
213.5 x 333 cm
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Arc 286° by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, mixed media
Bernar Venet Arc 286°, 1976 Acrylic on canvas
183 x 183 cm
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Square Gold with 4 Triangles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting
Bernar Venet Square Gold with 4 Triangles, 2009 Acrylic on canvas
186.5 x 186.5 cm
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Red and Gold with 'member function' by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting
Bernar Venet Red and Gold with 'member function', 2009 Acrylic on canvas
180.5 x 211.5 cm
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Peintures or en 4 parties avec 'contient' en haut à gauche by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting
Bernar Venet Peintures or en 4 parties avec 'contient' en haut à gauche, 2009 Acrylic on canvas
213.5 x 333 cm
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Gold Saturation with 'we determine finitely' by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting
Bernar Venet Gold Saturation with 'we determine finitely', 2009 Acrylic on canvas

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Arcs in Disorder: 223° Arc x 10 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Arcs in Disorder: 223° Arc x 10, 2008 Cor-ten steel
410 x 415 x 90 cm
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Three Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Three Indeterminate Lines, 2008 Cor-ten steel
258 x 380 x 320 cm
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Arcs in Disorder: 3 Arcs x 5 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Arcs in Disorder: 3 Arcs x 5, 2003-2008 Cor-ten steel
410 x 415 x 90 cm
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219.5 ° Arc x 28 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 219.5 ° Arc x 28, 2011 Cor-ten steel
400 x 500 cm
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218.5° Arc x 21 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 218.5° Arc x 21, 2006 Cor-ten steel
330 x 410 cm
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Effondrement: 225.5° Arc x 13 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Effondrement: 225.5° Arc x 13, 2009-2012 Cor-ten steel

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Two Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Two Indeterminate Lines, 2010 Cor-ten steel
260 x 330 x 250 cm
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La barre en acier et la mémoire tangible du geste pictural by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork painting
Bernar Venet La barre en acier et la mémoire tangible du geste pictural, 2019 Acrylic on canvas, accompanied by steel bar and cable
294.7 x 270.5 cm
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Indeterminate Line by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Indeterminate Line, 1989 Rolled steel
37 x 44 x 44 cm
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217.5° Arc x 13 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 217.5° Arc x 13, 2005 Cor-ten steel
175 x 201 x 228.5 cm
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12 Acute Unequal Angles by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet 12 Acute Unequal Angles, 2016 Cor-ten steel
228 x 115 x 240 cm
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Effondrement: Arc x 12 by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork sculpture
Bernar Venet Effondrement: Arc x 12, 2011 Rolled Steel
27 x 80 x 87 cm
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Two Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork works on paper
Bernar Venet Two Indeterminate Lines, 2006 Oilstick on paper collage and pencil on paper
37.5 x 53 cm
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Undetermined Line by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork works on paper
Bernar Venet Undetermined Line, 1989 Oilstick and charcoal on paper
208.92 x 154.31 cm
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Two Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork works on paper
Bernar Venet Two Indeterminate Lines, 2008 Oilstick and charcoal on paper
119 x 131 cm
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Two Indeterminate Lines by Bernar Venet contemporary artwork mixed media
Bernar Venet Two Indeterminate Lines, 2006 Oilstick on printed paper collage and pencil on paper
37.5 x 53 cm
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