New York

Daniel Buren

New York City, sponsored by John Weber Gallery

Since 1966 Daniel Buren has been painting identical vertical stripes, varying only the colors which alternate with white and the location in which the work is presented. A specific work, Seven Ballets in Manhattan, was performed around the city on seven successive days last May and June. Five “dancers” walked in line, carrying picket signs of printed paper vertical stripes (all equal size). The stripes covered both sides of the sign, their colors shifting from day to day, sometimes from sign to sign. Looking at the piece, I ask what is there? Vertical stripes. Yes, I can see that, but what does that mean? (a question reverberating throughout the city, although to a noticeably lesser extent in SoHo). And it is this question that intrigues me. An explanation (answer) would provide a category with which to see. As if to say, ah-ha, click, understood—i.e., the thinking’s done . . . but is it?

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