Matthew Higgs

View of “Daniel Buren: A Fresco,” 2016, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels. La salle des empreintes (Hall of Footprints), 2016. Photo: Philippe De Gobert. © DB/ADAGP.

1 DANIEL BUREN: A FRESCO” (BOZAR CENTRE FOR FINE ARTS, BRUSSELS) Part retrospective, part autobiography, and part paean to Buren’s peers and mentors, “A Fresco” ranks among the best exhibitions I have ever seen. In the exquisite Victor Horta–designed galleries, the artist’s signature stripes functioned as a kind of curatorial template for works by Constantin Brancusi, Hanne Darboven, and some hundred others, each choreographed by Buren with an extraordinary site-specific sensitivity and wit.

2 JACK DRUMMER (BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER, BUFFALO, NY; CURATED BY SCOTT PROPEACK) This survey of a sorely underrecognized artist’s extraordinary late work was a revelation. Using proletarian materials like tar and his signature sheets of dyed rubber, Drummer (1935–2013) created painting-like objects of an often-transcendent beauty. Imagine Monet’s water lilies by way of Arte Povera.


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