“Bernar Venet”

An archetypal artist: Interview with Bernar Venet

Bernar Venet is one of the world’s greatest living artists. A celebrated painter, photographer, designer and sculptor, his imposing steel arcs can be seen in public spaces across the world, from New York to Shanghai. Despite this international standing, Le Muy — a small town in Southern France — is the location of the Fondation Bernar Venet, which is to officially open on 12 July 2014. Situated in the heart of Provence, near to Venet’s birthplace, a four-acre park accommodates the artist’s monumental sculptures, the landscape also punctuated by reminders of his life spent in the company of some of history’s most admired creators, including Sol LeWitt, Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Arman. Art Media Agency met Bernar Venet who, at 71, illuminated his incredible journey, through friendships, anecdotes and works of art. How did the foundation come into fruition? It began slowly, initially as just an idea in my head. It hadn’t yet formed when I first moved to Le Muy: at this point in time, all I really wanted was a place to store my things. As time went on, I wanted to improve my environment and my team, and the works in my collection. I felt it necessary to preserve this place, by creating a foundation, so that, when the time comes for me to leave my friends, this place won’t be sold in order to pay taxes. You seem inspired by Donald Judd and his foundation in Texas. Yes, I was really lucky with Donald Judd. I met him in 1967, a year after discovering his work in an exhibition on Minimal art. He still lives on Park Avenue and 18th Street and is still collecting. On the walls of his apartment, there were two enormous Frank Stella works, and I thought that was amazing. Personally, I...

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Bernar Venet at the Art Plural Gallery, Singapore

Singapore, 29 October 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Art Plural Gallery in Singapore is welcoming till 24 November 2012 a solo exhibition of artist Bernar Venet. Bernar Venet has always “explored the notions of indetermination, disorder, chance and unpredictability”. The gallery’s press release mentions for this exhibition Bernar Venet is presenting new sculptures from his series Grib, an extension of Indeterminate Lines, creations he developed between 1979 and 1983. Tougher, but more accessible than previous works, his creations, sort of graffitis, are made out of 35mm hand-cut steel plates. The other major pieces of the exhibition are: a selection a paintings representing mathematic equations, realised on plastic: “a perfect synthesis of art and mathematics”. Saturations and Shaped Canvases include as well mathematic formulas as the origin of their total...

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Bernar Venet exhibits in Singapore

Singapore,  18 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). The Art Pluriel Gallery announces the first solo exhibition of famous French artist Bernar Venet in Singapore. The exhibition will take place from 26 September to 24 November 2012. French artist Bernar Venet explores the notions of undetermination, disorder, chance and unpredictability. For this exhibition, he will show new sculpted reliefs of his “Grib” series, an extension of lines made of unknown wood, elaborated between 1979 and 1983. The works included in this exhibition have been made out of 35 mm steel plates and hand-cut. This technique makes these unpredictable “scrabbles” a bit rougher, but more accessible. Another main strength of the exhibition is a selection of paintings representing mathematical equations made of plastic, in free forms. This is a perfect synthesis of art and mathematics. Carrying his painting process far beyond conventional limits, Venet adds layer over layer and uses colours in order to evidence the chromatic contrast with the gallery’s white walls. Colour is here to make the numbers stand out on the wall. Bernar Venet is a French plasticist artist born in 1941 and living in the United States. His new sculptures Lignes indéterminées (Undetermined ligns) announce a new orientation for his wok, underlining his sympathy for disorder, complexity and undetermination. Before Singapore, they have been exhibited in Park Avenue, New York, in Shanghai and in the gardens of Versailles (2011)....

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“The Lost Album” of Dennis Hopper

Berlin, 20 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 20 September to 17 December 2012, the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin will be displaying “Dennis Hopper, The Lost Album. Vintage Photographs of the 1960’s”. A portfolio of 400 photographs taken by Dennis Hopper between 1961 and 1967 will appear for the first time in Europe 42 years after its first exhibition at the Fort Worth Community Art Center in Texas. Having distinguished himself as an actor, director, and artist, Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) is also known as a photographer. His photographs reflect the atmosphere of an entire era. Among them, portraits by Andy Warhol, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, and Tina Turner represent accounts of the American cultural scene from the 1960s. These photographs were discovered following Hopper’s death in...

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Bernar Venet in negotiations for the construction of the “Tsunami Memorial” in Fukushima

Fukushima, 19 March 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The French visual artist Bernar Venet (born in 1941) is currently in negotiation to construct the “Tsunami Memorial” in Fukushima, according to the French newspaper Le Figaro this Thursday 19 April 2012. The artist wishes to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of victims of the tsunami which struck Japan in March 2011. His project consists of installing a monumental sculpture in the village which was devastated by the disaster. Boosted by the success his sculptures met during his exhibition in the gardens of Versailles in summer 2011, the artist initially went to Japan to prepare his future four-year retrospective at the National Centre of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. The Parisian auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr put a monumental steel sculpture by the artist up for auction on 4 April 2012. This sculpture is entitled Ligne indéterminée, and was valued between € 200,000 and € 300,000, and attracted a buyer for €...

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