Daniel Buren is known for his unforgettable interventions, critical written texts, controversial public art and engaging collaborations with artists from different generations. As a conceptual artist Buren complicates the relationship between art and space thus, heeding the ways in which architecture functions as a condition of possibility. For Buren, architecture extends beyond physical structures and onto social, political and economic structures.
In 1960 Buren graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Métiers d’Art, Paris. In 1965 he abandoned traditional painting and began to focus on the vertical stripes, which are now one of his signatures. Buren’s stripes are inspired by French fabric motifs popular throughout the country and exemplify his insistence of visually relating art to its context. Throughout the 1970s Buren installed unauthorized public art works in various cities including Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Since the 1990s Buren has become more architecturally focused, often creating new spaces within existing environments.
ACE Gallery is re-introducing Daniel Buren’s “Leaning Walls Installation,” which was first exhibited here in 1989. This work is a quintessential Buren installation: spatially situated, vertically and uniformly striped and provides the viewer with a visual language to understand a specific space. This installation simultaneously focuses and distorts the viewer’s attention, blurring the distinction between perception and reality.
Daniel Buren was born in 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris. He has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries worldwide. Since 1972, he has participated four different times at Documenta in Kassel. The artist has been invited to the Venice Biennial more than ten times, where he was honored with the Golden Lion for the best pavilion in 1986. That same year he completed the work, “Les Deux Plateaux, sculpture in situ” at the Palais Royal in Paris. Buren has received several awards including the “International Award for Best Artist” given in Stuttgart, Germany in 1991 and the “Grand Prix National de Peinture” in France in 1992. In 1990 the artist was honored as a “Living Treasure” in New Zealand.
Most recently Buren installed “Excentrique(s)” for Monumenta (2012) in Paris’ Grand Palais, which features a canopy of brightly colored translucent film discs inspired by the building’s curves and held up by 1,500 black and white posts. “Excentrique(s)” might, at first glance, appear to be a departure from Buren’s iconic “work in situ” (the term he coined in 1965 for his works that questioned the place in which and for which they were created). However, just as his works in situ play with perspective, space, color, light, motion, and the environment, so too does “Excentrique(s).” Buren works with the given, allowing the elements of a particular space and the reality of the materials he uses to guide the viewer’s experience of each of his
Daniel Buren lives and works in-situ.