Bertrand Lavier

Consortium Museum

Bertrand Lavier has become known for his “repainted objects” and his “superimpositions”—sculptures made with manufactured objects or appliances in which the artist’s intervention is simple and direct: covering an object with a thick coat of paint (the same color or colors as the object itself), or placing one object on top of another without altering the ready-made form of either in any way. Taking advantage of one of France’s largest exhibition spaces outside of Paris, Lavier recently put together a show—which he called “Exposition personnelle” (Personal exhibition)—featuring several radically new works together with some familiar works, or works that he made according to those methods with which we are by now familiar.

The exhibition opened with Lita, 1987, a marvelous piece that consists of four sets of white-enamel-finish track lights arranged in a square on a white wall, with all 12

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