Currently in the Showroom: Bernar Venet, Position de deux angles, 138° et 157°, 1977 –

Bernar Venet (born 1941 in Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, France) gained world-wide fame though his works in pub­lic spaces but Venet’s opus is more diverse than his unmis­tak­able steel sculp­tures may sug­gest. It is char­ac­ter­ized by a per­pet­ual and con­stantly evolv­ing inter­ac­tion between math­e­mat­i­cal pre­ci­sion and deter­mi­na­tion on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the unfore­seen and play­ful, or: the pro­duc­tive acci­dent. Per­for­mance, music, pho­tog­ra­phy and lit­er­a­ture were early ref­er­ence points for his artis­tic devel­op­ment. He has revis­ited these ref­er­ences, espe­cially in his paint­ing, wherein the sculp­tural forms, the (pic­to­r­ial) dis­course on the shaped can­vases, math­e­mat­i­cal for­mu­lae or text pas­sages are recom­bined in a new way. –

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Image: Bernar Venet, Position de deux angles, 138° et 157°, 1977, Acrylic on canvas, ø 240 cm © von Bartha