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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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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).

Featured Artworks

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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 x 30.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Pile Up: High relief n° B9 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork Daniel BurenPile Up: High relief n° B9, 2017 Powder coated aluminium
304.5 x 130.5 x 30.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Pile Up: High relief n° B5 by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork Daniel BurenPile Up: High relief n° B5, 2017 Powder coated aluminium
304.5 x 130.5 x 30.5 cm
Lisson Gallery
Westwind by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork Daniel BurenWestwind, 2010 Flags, steel, ventilator
200 x 45 x 100 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Les visages colorés III A-rosé by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork Daniel BurenLes visages colorés III A-rosé, 2005 White vinyl on mirror
210 x 200.1 cm
Buchmann Galerie
Prisms and Mirrors, high relief - n°XXIII: situated work by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork Daniel BurenPrisms and Mirrors, high relief - n°XXIII: situated work, 2018 Wood, glue, lacquer, and vinyl adhesive
225 x 135 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Prisms and Mirrors, high relief - n°XIV by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork Daniel BurenPrisms and Mirrors, high relief - n°XIV, 2018 Wood, glue, lacquer, and vinyl adhesive
150 x 150 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
Three Light Boxes for One Wall by Daniel Buren contemporary artwork Daniel BurenThree Light Boxes for One Wall, 1989 Three electrical light boxes with silkscreen; each work in the series of 15 is unique in color, this one in red
60 x 80 x 9 cm
Krakow Witkin Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

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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
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 at Simon Lee Gallery, New York
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2 May–16 June 2018 Group Exhibition Towards Infinity: 1965-1980 Simon Lee Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Daniel Buren, PILE UP: High Reliefs. Situated Works at Lisson Gallery, London
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22 September–11 November 2017 Daniel Buren PILE UP: High Reliefs. Situated Works Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London

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Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach Ocula Report Total Abstraction: A Report From Art Basel Miami Beach 11 Dec 2013 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

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From the return of FIAC to a Russian arrival at Fondation Louis Vuitton: The best cultural pursuits in Paris this October Related Press From the return of FIAC to a Russian arrival at Fondation Louis Vuitton: The best cultural pursuits in Paris this October The Telegraph : 18 October 2016

Frieze may be over for another year, but as the tents are dismantled in London’s Regent’s Park, so the art market circus is preparing to pitch camp in Paris. This week sees the 43rd edition of FIAC, the Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain or International Contemporary Art Fair, as well as the second edition of Asia Now,...

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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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