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BERNAR VENET (Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, France,...

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BERNAR VENET (Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, France, 1941). "223.5º Arc x 4", 2005. Corten steel. Unique piece. Titled at lower right. Attached certificate issued by Bernar Venet Studio signed by the artist. Measurements: 219 x 222 x 32 cm. Monumental sculpture by Bernar Venet belonging to his well-known series "Arcs". Venet's work is recognized as self-referential, with the lines, angles and curves stripped of any symbolic allusion or decorative element. Instead, the works function as irreducible monoliths that affect the perception of the places they occupy. These characteristics are evident in this piece made of steel (one of his favorite materials). We are before a sculpture of informal appearance but which is the result of a precise and rigorous study of the materials and the balance achieved with the visual balance of the beams of lines. His sculptures, drawings and paintings explore the line as a carrier of divergent potentialities: order and disorder, the determined and the indeterminate? In his traces, the line becomes a three-dimensional and unstable figure, and forces the viewer to follow its course in search of the beginning and the end. The conceptual artist Bernar Venet is best known for his precise and mathematically rigorous sculptures, often made of steel. Painting, collage and charcoal are also his means of expression. Within his artistic practice, he has also carried out continuous experiments with other industrial materials, such as coal and asphalt. In the 1960s, Venet was influenced by the work of Arman and the New Realists working in Paris, and began making cardboard sculptures. A visit to New York in 1966 brought him closer to Minimalism, and he subsequently shared a studio with Arman in midtown Manhattan and interacted with artists such as Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt. In the decades that followed, the artist honed his signature style and his work came to reflect his ongoing formal artistic investigations. In 2005 he was decorated Knight of the Legion of Honor, and in 2014 he inaugurated the Venet Foundation, a museum and archive of his work. This year 2023 marks the 60th anniversary of Venet's seminal work Tas de charbon (1963), made of charcoal, which heralded the beginning of his meticulous research practice. Bernar Venet was born in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence but has lived and worked in New York since 1966. His work has explored a variety of media - sculpture, painting, photography, film, performance, music and design - but always maintaining the desire for his works to generate questions and bring something new to the art world. In 2011 the sculptor installed monumental works in the gardens of Versailles1 and in the domaine de Marly. Venet's work is part of the collection of prestigious museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The National Gallery of Art, Washington; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garde, Washington and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. To date, he has more than 30 monumental works and public sculptures installed in cities around the world such as Paris, Berlin, Tokyo and Denver. He has participated in documenta 6 and the 56th Venice Biennale. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards including the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris, the decoration as Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and the International Sculpture Center's 2016 Lifetime Achievement. Recent events: 2021 Major exhibition "L'hypothèse de la gravité" at the Louvre-Lens during the summer, and the RELIEFS exhibition at the Galerie der Stadt Tuttlingen in Germany. Numerous publications this year, starting with the Louvre-Lens exhibition catalog published with Skira, as well as books on the Tas de charbon (Pile of charcoal), a study of Venet's work on paper (Dessins), a catalog raisonné on the artist's entire photographic oeuvre and, finally, a book on the Venet Foundation. Year 2022: a five-month retrospective covering the artist's career from 1961 to 2021, focusing on performances, paintings and sculptures, on 8,000 m2, at the Tempelhof Kunsthalle in Berlin. A catalog of the exhibition is published by éditions Dilecta. Publication of the biography Bernar Venet. Toute une vie pour l'art, by Catherine Francblin (éditions Gallimard), and a catalog raisonné on the artist's photographic work (éditions Marval-Rue Visconti) accompanied by photographic prints in his gallery. The exhibition "Si les canards pataugent alors 5 est un nombre premier" at the Centre International de Poésie de Marseille (CIPM), curated by director Michaël Batalla, is followed by poetry readings and a conference. Exhibition at Waddington Custot (London) with Venet's work on angles. Exhibition at Kasmin (New York), where he performs the piece Accident, and for which an exhibition catalog (with a text by Maurice Fréchuret) is published. 2023 Exhibitions at Perrotin's three Parisian galleries, where Venet presents new paintings, GRIB