A comprehensive look at the public artworks that Daniel Buren has made using ephemeral materials.
Beginning with the permanent work Le banderuole colorate (“Colored Weather Vanes”), created in Trivero, Italy for Fondazione Zegna's All'Aperto project, this book takes a comprehensive look at the public artworks that Daniel Buren has made using ephemeral materials. These range from his Affichages sauvages (unauthorized postings) of the late Sixties, to the many site-specific projects involving fabric, flags and textiles he has made since the Eighties, which lend visibility to a natural element of the landscape, wind – “like leaves on the trees”. Buren addresses themes that are pivotal to his career, like the “repetition of differences with a view to a sameness,” the relationship to be established with place and viewer, and the “specific duration” of the work in the public sphere, with across-the-board observations about maintenance, vandalism, spectacularization and performativity. In addition to a rich array of color plates, the book includes a newly compiled, detailed list of the artist's works in fabric from 1970 to the present.
Co-founder of the BMTP
group, Daniel Buren (born 1939 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France) is a major figure on the international art scene. He made a name for himself on the art scene in the 1960s.
In 1965, Daniel Buren settled into an approach based on a striped canvas with alternating white and coloured, 8,7 cm‑wide stripes. The introduction in late 1967 of what he called a "visual tool" laid the foundations for a practice that broke with tradition and opened up a multifaceted body of work in which freedom was born, as the artist likes to point out, out of both internal and external constraints. Daniel Buren explored this "visual tool" by developing it on a flat surface and, from the end of the 1960s, in three dimensions.
Edited by Barbara Casavecchia.
Foreword by Anna Zegna, introduction by Andrea Zegna, conversation between Daniel Buren, Barbara Casavecchia and Vincent Honoré.
published in October 2014
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
17 x 24 cm (softcover)
80 pages (color ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-6749-112-4
EAN : 9788867491124