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Xavier Hufkens

St-Georges

Daniel Buren Des reflets, des éclats et quelques autres choses aussi

Daniel Buren Des reflets, des éclats et quelques autres choses aussi
Selected works Installation views

Xavier Hufkens is pleased to announce the first exhibition by the French artist Daniel Buren at the gallery.

Throughout his career Daniel Buren has radically questioned the nature of art and the systems that support and manipulate it. At the same time, he has successfully worked within the institutions that are an integral part of this cultural machine. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris suburb, in 1938, Buren began painting in the early 1960s and after a short but prolific period of experimentation with this medium, the artist discovered the striped material that would become his signature. By 1965 the artist had begun making paintings with a linen pre-printed with alternating bands of white and colour that he found at the Marché Saint-Pierre, a textiles market in Montmartre, Paris. By reducing his paintings to their simplest visual and physical elements, emptying them of all illusion and subjectivity, Buren questioned the traditional expectations of the form, though he always applied acrylic to the outermost white stripes to differentiate the fabric from a found object. His interest in the literal components of the work, which consisted of both surface and support—the recto and verso—would lead him to explore aspects (both material and ideological) of a work of art that are not visible: what conventional painting, in fact, masks.

The repetitive stripes, 8.7 cm wide (the width of the bands on the original found fabric), became a ‘visual tool’ for Buren that he applied to various supports and with a large range of different materials. What has often been called a reduction, the artist has explained, “is in fact the widening of one’s field of vision” that Buren uses to draw attention to the relationship between art and its support or surroundings. At the end of 1967, Buren began pasting pre-printed posters with the vertical bands alongside or over advertisements and bills on supports throughout the urban landscape. This type of work, called Affichage Sauvage, challenged the usual art system and was often made without any invitation or support from a gallery. These works opened up Buren’s art to diverse audiences and interpretations and epitomize his interrogation of the museum and the conventional notion of the autonomous work of art…

While the stripes have remained a recognizable element throughout his oeuvre, Buren’s work has become more sculptural and architectural in scale and form. Materials associated with traditional painting, including the wooden stretcher and canvas, have morphed into freestanding walls, corridors, and rooms. Adopting these architectural elements into his own vocabulary, Buren began making work that both reflected and mimicked architecture. With his structures, which often merge with and alter the existing architecture, Buren creates ‘places within existing places’ and offers a different perspective on what might be a familiar environment.

(Excerpts from Susan Cross, Daniel Buren. Overview, Guggenheim Museum New York, 2005)

Related exhibitions

Selected works

Related artworks

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 6 Elément carré bleu encadré de rayures blanches, 2005

    painted medium, opal self-adhesive vinyl and white self-adhesive vinyl on plexigas
    113.1 x 113.1 cm, 44 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 7 Elément carré jaune encadré de rayures blanches, 2005

    plexi, papier vinylique autoadhésif, peinture, mdf
    113.1 x 113.1 cm, 44 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 8bis (Elément carré fuschia) monochrome, encadré de rayures blanches, 2005

    plexi, papier vinylique autoadhésif, peinture, mdf
    113.1 x 113.1 cm, 44 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 5 (filtres colorés sur vitrine), 2005

    transparent gel, diffusing paper
    dimensions variables

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 14 (élément au plafond), 2005

    transparent gel, opaque self-adhesive, opal self-adhesive, steel structure
    356 x 356 cm, 140 1/8 x 140 1/8 in.

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 13 (Elément carré, rayé blanc et rouge, encadrement transparent)+A2:F10, 2005

    plexiglas, self-adhesive vinyl paper, paint, mdf
    113.1 x 113.1 x 4.5 cm, 44 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 4 Châssis noir sur dispositif noir et blanc, 2005

    polycarbonate plate, wood, self-adhesive vinyl
    219 x 315 cm, 86 1/4 x 124 in.

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 3 Châssis noir sur dispositif jaune et blanc, 2005

    polycarbonate plate, wood, self-adhesive vinyl
    219 x 315 cm, 86 1/4 x 124 in.

    Daniel Buren

    (Sans titre) 2 Châssis noir sur dispositif bleu et blanc, 2005

    polycarbonate plate, wood, self-adhesive vinyl
    219 x 315 cm, 86 1/4 x 124 in.

Installation views