Bern

Pavel Büchler

Kunsthalle Bern

For an avant-garde movement intended (in Victor Burgin’s words) to “resist . . . assimilation to a history of styles,” Conceptualism has arguably done a grand job of entrenching the scope and importance of authorial style. The dematerialization of the artwork has had the effect of rendering every aspect of an artist’s oeuvre (including its very exclusions) available for stylistic consideration, and stylistic anomalies within a solo practice are now readable as ploys (evidencing—for instance—the author’s critique of authorship). The idea of the oeuvre is reinvested, and connoisseurship revalidated. Passages in Conversation Pieces, a 2003 publication on the Manchester, UK–based artist Pavel Büchler’s essentially Conceptualist practice, reflect all this. “The illustration (over) reminds me of something you might have used,” comments one contributor. Elsewhere, other artist-writers express

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