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Daniel Buren, Peinture acrylique blanche sur tissu rayé blanc et orange (White acrylic painting on white and orange striped fabric) (1966)

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Walker Art Center

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2009

Institution Walker Art Center
A visit to a Parisian market in 1965 marked a defining moment in Daniel Buren's career. There, he came upon the materials that would henceforth define his practice: rolls of preprinted awning fabric with alternating white and colored stripes in green, red, yellow, blue, orange, brown, or black. At a standardized 8.7 centimeters, the equal distance between stripes meant that he was able to dispense with the traditional figure/ground distinctions in painting and make a flat and neutral work. As he asked in a 1969 manifesto, ". . . can one create something that is real, nonillusionistic, and therefore not an art object?"

For this work, Buren attached the fabric to a stretcher and painted the sides white. He reasoned that without his visible mark-making, viewers would consider this a "readymade," implying an unwanted connection to Dadaist artist Marcel Duchamp's practice of turning everyday objects into art by placing them in the context of a gallery or museum.

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Source: Walker Art Center. Extended label for Daniel Buren, Peinture acrylique blanche sur tissu rayé blanc et orange (White acrylic painting on white and orange striped fabric), from the exhibition Event Horizon, November 21, 2009 to August 26, 2012.
Rights: Copyright 2009 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: November 25, 2009