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André Cadere

Galerie Des Beaux Arts

Born in Warsaw of Romanian parents, André Cadere produced a body of work based on the complementary concepts of presence and absence. Between 1970 and 1978 he orchestrated a series of events, or actions, designed to question the relationship between the art object and the space within which it is exhibited and evaluated. In fact, the term “exhibition” is too formal a word to apply to Cadere’s art, as his work attempts to reveal the arbitrary distinction between such sites as the gallery wall, the street corner, or the neighborhood bar. As Cadere often appeared in these sites holding the ever-present totemlike stick (the combination of the artist’s presence and the object itself constituted the total artwork), the presence of one situation would imply the possibility of another.

The objects that Cadere uses as a focal point for his concerns are wooden poles composed of variously colored

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