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Daniel Buren

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    Daniel Buren was born in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris, on March 25, 1938.
    After completing his secondary education he enrolled in the École des Métiers d’Art in Paris. From December 1966 to September 1967, Buren forms an association with painters Olivier Mosset, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni for a series of collective manifestations that were to upset the artistic practices of the time and denounce the obsolescence of exhibition spaces in France.
    In the mid 60’s, Buren began to create paintings that radically questioned and explored the economy of the media used in his work and the relationship between background (support medium) and form (painting).
    In 1965, when he was painting pictures that combined rounded forms and stripes varying in sizes and colours, he chose to use an industrial fabric with fixed vertical 8.7 cm-wide stripes alternating white with another colour. Beginning from this extremely simple and banal visual register, Buren further impoverished it by repeating it systematically to reach the grade of zero painting. This reflection will cause the observer’s attention to shift from the work to the physical and social environment within which the artist intervenes
    Eventually, he abandoned his studio in 1967, to favour work in situ, starting from the street with the affichages sauvages, then the gallery, the museum, the landscape or the architecture.
    His “visual tool” is based on the use of alternating stripes, which let him reveal the significant details of the site where he is working, by employing them in specific, and at times complex, structures lying somewhere between painting, sculpture and architecture.
    His in-situ works play with points of view, spaces, colours, light, movement, the surrounding environment, angles or projections, acquiring their decorative force by radically transforming the sites.
    Incisive, critical and engaged, Buren’s work is in a continual state of development and diversification, and never fails to stimulate comment, admiration and disagreement. In 1986, he realized his most controversial public commission, today classified as a “historical monument” Les Deux Plateaux , for the courtyard of honour of the Palais-Royal in Paris. In the same year, he represented France at the Venice Biennale, where he was awarded the Golden Lion for Best Pavilion.
    In 2007, he received the Praemium Imperiale for Painting in Tokyo, Japan.
    Buren is one of the most active and acclaimed artists on the international art scene today, and his work has been shown in leading galleries and museums, and in a wide range of sites around the world.

    Daniel Buren, L’Observatoire de la lumière

    Coédition Fondation Louis Vuitton & Editions Xavier Barral, 2016

    ISBN 979-1020402608

    Libretto Daniel Buren : Une Fresque

    Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium

    ISBN 978-9089316332

    Daniel Buren, Comme un jeu d’enfant

    Joëlle Pijaudier-Cabot, Patrick Bouchain, Estelle Pietrzyk, Marie-Ange Brayer, Strasbourg : MAMCS, 2014

    ISBN 978-2351251126

    Daniel Buren, 1965… 2015

    text by Annabelle Gugnon, kamel mennour, Paris

    ISBN 978-2914171588

    Les flèches, travail in situ et en mouvement

    Cabanons Buren Cirque, Paris : Bernard Chauveau

    ISBN 978-2363061485

    Les Écrits, 1965-2012, Volume 2 : 1996-2012

    2013, Coéditions CNAP - Centre National des Arts Plastiques & Flammarion, Paris

    ISBN 978-2081287983

    Les Écrits, 1965-2012, Volume 1 : 1965-1995

    2012, éditions CNAP / Flammarion, Paris

    ISBN 978-2081282889

    Buren, Monographie

    Guy Lelong, Coédition Centre national des arts plastiques & Flammarion, Nouvelle Création contemporaine

    ISBN 978-2080121950

    Daniel Buren – Excentrique(s) : Esquisses graphiques

    Éditions Dilecta, Paris

    ISBN 979-1090490086

    Daniel Buren, Travaux in situ 2010-2011

    Centre Pompidou-Metz, Mudam Luxembourg

    Daniel Buren, Allegro Vivace

    catalogue, Doris Krystof, Cora von Pape, Baden-Baden : Staatliche Kunsthalle, 2011

    ISBN 978-3865609601

    Daniel Buren & Alberto Giacometti, œuvres contemporaines 1964-1966

    kamel mennour, Paris, 2010

    ISBN 978-2914171366

    Daniel Buren, Multiplikationen : Arbeit in situ für eine Synagogue

    Gudrun Inboden, Stadt Pulheim

    ISBN 978-3981021868

    Histoire du Palais-Royal, Les deux plateaux, Daniel Buren

    Patrick Bouchain, Jean-Christophe Denise, Edith Hallauer, Michel Nuridsany, Actes Sud, Arles

    ISBN 978-2742793396

    Le musée qui n'existait pas, Daniel Buren

    Bernard Blistène, Laurent Le Bon, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Centre Pompidou/Éditions Xavier Barral, Paris, 2010

    ISBN 978-2915173369

    Daniel Buren , Modulation

    Arbeiten in situ, Angelika Nollert, Melitta Kliege, Neues Museum, Nürnberg

    ISBN 978-3869840178

    Daniel Buren

    Lisson Gallery, Londres, 2007

    ISBN 978-3865602794

    Daniel Buren, Intervention II works in situ

    Suzanne Cotter, Modern Art Oxford, 2006

    ISBN 978-1901352290