BERNAR VENET | Looking Forward: 1961-1984


BERNAR VENET | Looking Forward: 1961-1984

8 June 2017 – 22 July 2017

Blain|Southern is proud to present Bernar Venet’s first major solo exhibition in London since his 1975 solo presentation at the ICA. The exhibition will survey an important period of the artist’s career, presenting his seminal early works from the 1960’s until the early ‘80s. The French conceptual artist rose to prominence in the late Sixties through the avant-garde art scene in New York. He moved to the city in 1966 and was instrumental in developing the new radical propositions of conceptual art, alongside artists such as On Kawara, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Art & Language and Robert Barry.

It is Venet’s insatiable curiosity and desire to push both his own limits and the frontiers of art, that have led to him making a significant impact on the development of contemporary art. For example, his installation Tas de Charbon, (Pile of Coal), 1963 is widely recognised as the first sculpture without a specific shape and also the first recorded instance of an unmanipulated natural material presented as a work of art. Focussing now on all variants of the line as a fundamental subject, Arcs, Angles and both Straight and Indeterminate Lines have come to define his aesthetic, with mathematical investigations of chance and chaos providing a conceptual grounding to how his sculptures are realised. From this point Venet navigates significant sculptural issues such as instability, uncertainty and dispersion as parameters that redefine the nature of contemporary sculpture.

Private View: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 6-8pm 



Image above:
Bernar Venet in his studio, 1978, New York, NY