Blain|Southern is proud to announce its world-wide representation of Bernar Venet (b.1941). 

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 structural form and also as the first recorded instance of an unmanipulated natural material presented as a work of art.

The breadth and rapid development of his practice is currently evidenced in the exhibition of his works from 1961 to 1966, which runs until 13 November 2016 at L’Espace de L’Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, France.

In July the Venet Foundation unveils two new permanent installations by James Turrell as part of its summer exhibition (viewable by appointment), held across two gallery spaces and a four hectare sculpture garden in Le Muy, France.