New Drawings and Sculptures by Bernar Venet
Paul Kasmin Gallery (NYC)
March 9 – April 22, 2017
Bernar Venet, Indeterminate Line
2016 Oilstick, graphite and collage on paper, 86 5/8 x 60 1/4 inches
See the original outside the Colorado Convention Center at Speer and Stout
Paul Kasmin Gallery announces Bernar Venet: Arcs, on view at 297 Tenth Avenue from March 9 – April 22, 2017. The exhibition features six large-scale drawings and three new sculptures by the French conceptual artist. The gallery will publish a fully-illustrated pamphlet with an essay by American art critic, Carter Ratcliff.
With this new series of drawings, the artist deepens his radical, lifelong exploration of the line and material. Ratcliff writes, “A drawing is an end in itself, not merely a step on the way to realizing a sculpture, nor is a small sculpture of any less importance than one of the artist’s immense outdoor pieces.” Stretching to seven feet tall, these drawings are the artist’s largest to date. Venet uses graphite, oilstick and collage to create groups of four, five and seven arcs in six different configurations onto a white background. With their exacting precision, Venet’s new work originates in his first conceptual sculpture. The interplay between sculpture and drawing brings out the inherent versatility of form in Venet’s oeuvre that transcends material boundaries.
Mirroring the drawings are three new sculptures made of six-foot-tall rolled steel finished in a black patina. The new Arc sculptures are comprised in groups of four, five and seven curved lines that extend upwards from its base at variations of 86.5 degrees.
Bernar Venet (b. 1941, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France), known for his groundbreaking sculpture works, has explored a range of disciplines over his five-decade conceptual practice, including sculpture, painting, photography, language and drawing. He first gained recognition in the 1960s for his iconic Tas de charbon (Pile of Coal), an amorphous sculpture without specific shape. 1979 marked a significant turning point in Venet’s career, when he began a series of wood reliefs—Arcs, Angles, Straight Lines—and created the first of his Indeterminate Lines pieces. Venet currently lives and works between New York, Paris and Le Muy, France.
Paul Kasmin Gallery
297 Tenth Avenue
NY, NY 10001