Daniel Buren (represented by Galeria Nara Roesler) takes part in the group show En Plein Air
The title refers to the mid-19th century practice of en plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). The inclination to paint outside was one reaction to the overwhelming transformations of life in urban centers, as nature and cities redefined each other under the pressure of modernization—a history that connects to that of the High Line Park, a remnant of the industrial era of the neighborhood.
The exhibition takes place at High Line Park. It was built on a historic, elevated freight line in New York. It a public space that invites people to view art, walk through gardens, experience a performance, savor food and connect with neighbors.
En Plein Air exhibition features newly commissioned artworks by Ei Arakawa, Firelei Báez, Daniel Buren, Sam Falls, Lubaina Himid, Lara Schnitger, Ryan Sullivan, and Vivian Suter. Organized by Cecilia Alemani, Donald R. Mullen and Melanie Kress.
The works will be on view at the park through March 31, 2020.
About the artist
Born on March 25, 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France (where he still lives and works), Daniel Buren rose to prominence as a leading name in conceptual art in the 1960s-70s, and remains thus until this day. The holder of a degree from the École des Métiers d'Art, Daniel Buren had a short stint at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and started painting in the 1960s, before abandoning the art form to incorporate industrial patterns into interventions that interfere with how architecture is perceived. He then created his trademark white and color stripes built from decorative fabric.
Lately, his inquiries have evolved into using light to produce macro-scale color effects, and mirrors to alter space through image refraction. His work is widely exhibited around the world, particularly so in the USA, Europe and Japan. Last year alone, his solo exhibits included "Buren: De un Patio a Otro: Laberinto," at Hospicio Cabañas (Guadalajara, Mexico); "Daniel Buren. Lavori Luminosi," at Galeria Massimo Minini (Brescia, Italy); "Daniel Buren. Comme un Jeu d'Enfant," at the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (Strasbourg, France); "Daniel Buren. Catch as catch can: works in situ," at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; among others.