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Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director Ocula Conversation Pierre Huyghe: The Artist as Director

Pierre Huyghe is a producer of spectacular and memorable enigmas, with works that function more like mirages than as objects. Abyssal Plain (2015–ongoing), his contribution to the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, was installed on the seabed of the Marmara Sea, some 20 metres below the surface of the water and close to...

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MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern Ocula Report MoMA Expansion: Once the Modern, Always the Modern 29 Nov 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

In the early decades of its existence, New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), founded in 1929, transformed from a philanthropic project modestly housed in a few rooms of the Heckscher Building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, to an alleged operating node in the United States' cultural struggle during the cold war, and one of the...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Daniel Buren

b. 1938, France

World-renowned French artist Daniel Buren is acclaimed for his contribution to conceptual art over the past 50 years. As an artist, his practice borders sculpture, installation and painting. Critically, he explores the relationship between art and the framework that continues to structure how we perceive art. Through his practice, Buren particularly challenges our customary ideas about where art is displayed and how it is understood. 

Buren first developed a critique of the art establishment in Paris in the 1960s. He is best known from this era as a founding member of the BMPT (his surname initial alongside fellow artists Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni). The series of four exhibitions that BMPT presented—the ‘manifestations’ (1967)—questioned typical social values regarding artists and their art, for example the authority of the Parisian salons that had governed the art world for centuries. The four men also created work that disregarded the importance of authorship, often implying that one artist’s paintings were painted by another. This notion increased the value of the artistic object itself rather than its novelty. 

The tone of the BMPT philosophy was arguably the biggest influence on Buren’s own  practice. In 1965, he first developed the distinctive artistic motif of exploring the relationship between a work’s medium and its support. He cut fabric into 8.7cm-wide vertical stripes and attached them to unconventional surfaces, objects and spaces. His installation spaces of choice now range from window frames to the cylindrical structures in the renowned courtyard of the Palais-Royal, central Paris (in Les Deux Plateaux (1986)). Buren describes his onsite practice as in situ, as he takes a particular building or place and considers its unique story and context to create his vertically striped geometric designs. 

The stripes in these works typically alternate between white and a bright colour, sometimes creating an optical illusion. Buren also often incorporates light and an array of textures such as Plexiglas into his works to enhance their spatial forms. He has documented each of his explorations and archived this documentation as ‘photo-souvenirs’. 

The 1990s saw Buren’s work become increasingly architectural, employing fencing and grids. During this decade he developed the use of stained-glass window. The bright yet translucent colours in his site-specific installation Monumenta (2012) reflect these explorations in the nave of the Grand Palais in Paris.

Buren’s in situ work culminated in his representation of France at the 1986 Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the prestigious Golden Lion award for the best national pavilion that year.  Since the Biennale pavilion, Buren has completed over 80 international public art works, including Diamonds and Circles, works in situ (2017), completed for the Tottenham Court Road tube station in London. 

Over his career, Buren has received a number of important awards including the International Award for the Best Artist, Stuttgart, Germany (1991) and the Grand Prix National de Peinture, France (1992). He has been the subject of retrospectives at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (2016); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2005); and the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2002).

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Featured Artworks

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Tondo by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenTondo, 2018 Coloured plexiglass, coloured altuglas, self-adhesive strips and steel
215 x 215 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Pile Up: High relief n°B12 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPile Up: High relief n°B12, 2018 Powder coated aluminium
304.5 x 130.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Pile Up: High relief n°B11, travail situé, novembre 2018 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPile Up: High relief n°B11, travail situé, novembre 2018, 2018 Powder coated aluminium
304.5 x 130.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Pile Up: High relief n° B3 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPile Up: High relief n° B3, 2017 Powder coated aluminium
304.5 x 130.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Prismas e Espelhos, alto-relevo - n°4 , trabalho situado by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPrismas e Espelhos, alto-relevo - n°4 , trabalho situado, 2017 Wood, glue, lacquer, and vinyl adhesive
150 x 350 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Unique Tablecloth with Laser-cut Lace (Object to be Situated on Table), 2002 (For Parkett 66) by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenUnique Tablecloth with Laser-cut Lace (Object to be Situated on Table), 2002 (For Parkett 66), 2002 Two-layered tablecloth: off-white laser-cut design on monochrome under-layer, each tablecloth has a unique combination of design and colour
Parkett
Photo-souvenir: Tondo n°3, situated work by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPhoto-souvenir: Tondo n°3, situated work, 2018 Coloured plexiglass, coloured altuglas, self-adhesive strips and steel
215 x 215 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Photo-souvenir: Colors, light, projection, shadows, transparency: works in situ 6 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork
Daniel BurenPhoto-souvenir: Colors, light, projection, shadows, transparency: works in situ 6, 2015 Metal structure, vinyl, acrylic and mirror
200 x 200 x 50 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Time and Space at Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
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16 September–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Time and Space Galeria Nara Roesler, Rio de Janeiro
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Reflections on Space and Time at Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
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1 April–11 May 2019 Group Exhibition Reflections on Space and Time Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, London
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4 July–7 September 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, London

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Seeing stripes: Daniel Buren shows ten Related Press Seeing stripes: Daniel Buren shows ten Wallpaper* : 25 September 2016

Visitors to Nahmad Contemporary this month will be seeing stripes – and lots of them – as the gallery presents Origin of Stripes: Paintings from 1965­–1966, a collection of paintings by artist Daniel Buren.Featuring ten early works by the French artist, the show marks the first display of the pieces in the United States...

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Expo Chicago 2016 announces roster for special projects sectors Related Press Expo Chicago 2016 announces roster for special projects sectors ARTNews : 26 August 2016

Expo Chicago, that city’s annual contemporary art fair, announced the list of participants for its 2016 editions of In/Situ, In/Situ Outside, and Expo Projects. These sectors of the fair feature large-scale installations, and will be placed both at the fair and around Chicago. Expo Chicago opens September 22.

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Child's play: Daniel Buren showcases his new installation at the Museo Espacio Related Press Child's play: Daniel Buren showcases his new installation at the Museo Espacio Wallpaper* : 27 July 2016

When the French abstract minimalist artist Daniel Buren – aka 'the stripe guy' – first discovered the murals of Mexican social realist painters David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera during his maiden voyage to the country in 1957, he says, 'I discovered that I was not only seeing something totally...

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