BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead presents the work of Daniel Buren. Buren is 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.
Born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1938, Buren has exhibited in many of the world’s major art institutions. His work is also included in prestigious private collections worldwide.
Buren has created artworks that complicate the relationship between art and the structures that frame it. In the early 1960s, he developed a radical form of Conceptual Art, a “degree zero of painting” as he called it, which played simultaneously on an economy of means and the relationship between the support and the medium. In 1965 he began using his 8.7cm-wide vertical stripes as the starting point for research into what painting is, how it is presented and, more broadly, the physical and social environment in which an artist works. All of Buren’s interventions are created ‘in situ’, appropriating and colouring the spaces in which they are presented.
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.
WHERE AND WHEN?
BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, GATESHEAD
11 July 2014 – 12 October 2014
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