Bernar Venet

Galerie Templon | 30 rue Beaubourg

These large framed drawings from 1989 (all around 98 by 117 inches) invite the viewer to consider them as paintings. Like Bernar Venet’s previous drawings, however, they are actually the result of photographically transferring the artist’s sculptures onto paper, and then reworking their outlines with oil stick. The photographic framing of the sculpture elicits an interpretive reading of the object, a reading that varies according to the angle of vision; the same sculpture can give rise to several drawings.

Interpretation and indetermination might be considered the key concepts behind this exhibition. The drawings, Ligne indéterminée (Indeterminate line, all works 1989) and Double ligne indéterminée (Double indeterminate line), are based on sculptures that are themselves entitled “Lignes indéterminée.” Venet continues the work on the line he initiated in 1976, after his break with Conceptual

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