DANIEL BUREN: CATCH AS CATCH CAN – Works in situ │ Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead → 12 October 2014

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“BWLTIC Sentr fr Cntmprri Āt, Gêtshed prizents ɖ wrc v Daniel Buren (born Boulogne-Billancourt, 1938), wîdli cnsidrd t b Frans’z grtst livñ ātist n wn v ɖ most influenšl n impwtnt figrz in cntmprri āt fr ɖ last 50 yirz. Buren hz xibitd in mni v ɖ wrld’z mêjr ātinstityšnz n riylîzd nymṛs xtrnl cmišnz. Ɖs sumr, a mêjr xibišn at BWLTIC wl includ ny n xistñ wrc bî Buren in its Levl 3 n 4 gaḷriz, includñ a lj-scêl cmišn fr its rnând Levl 4 gaḷri.

In ɖ 1960z Buren dveḷpt a radicl fwm v cnspčl āt, a dgri ziro v pêntñ, crietñ wrcs ẇč drw atnšn t ɖ rlešnšp btwn āt n contxt. H abandnd tṛdišnl pêntñ n adoptd ɖ 8.7sm. wîd vrticl strîp, yzd az a vižl tūl t promt a rīdñ v ɖ wrc’s srândñz rɖr ɖn jst ɖ wrc itslf. Md wɖ pênt, fabric, pêpr, têp amñ uɖr mtirı̣lz, ɖ strîps apir in hiz inṭvnšnz in gaḷriz, myziymz, n public saits. Fr olmst for decedz, Buren hz čozn t mc wrc in situ, rspondñ t a ptklr lcešn, n culrñ ɖ spêsz in ẇč ɖe r crietd.

Ẇl ɖ strîps hv rmend a recgnîẓbl n intrinzc eḷmnt v Buren’z practis, rīsntli hiz wrcs hv bcm mr sculpčṛl n ācitcčṛl in fwm. Ɖ ātist’s insṭlešn Excentrique(s), at ɖ Grand Palais in Paris, cmišnd fr MONYMENTA, 2012, cmprîzd a siriz v rêzd, culrd srklr strucčrz cuvrñ ɖ 13,500 m² nêv n pṛvîdñ a sīlñ ɖt cd b wōct undr.

At BWLTIC, Buren wl prizent a ṣlẋn v rerli sīn rlifs, pêntñz n sculpčrz fṛm ɖ last sevn yirz on Levl 3. Lūmiṇs fîḅroptic wrcs fṛm ɖ ātist’s Ilctric Lît siriz (2011) cntiny ɖ ātist’s priokpešn wɖ fwm, spês, lît n culr. Uɖr wrcs md wɖ pênt, fîbrbwd n têp ple wɖ depʈ, srfis n ācitecčr. Ɖ wrcs wl pṛvîd frɖr insît intu ɖ bredʈ v hiz practis.”

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