Bernar Venet has spent decades exploring painting, poetry, film, performance and sculpture, for which he is best known and admired around the world. This intimate exhibit features unpublished photographs brought together for the first time in the US. These images of icons of art in the 1960s' (Warhol, Rauschenberg, Indiana...), are truly unique as a valuable mix of historical evidence and friendly instantaneous moments.

The artist lecture will be the occasion for Bernar Venet to share his experiences and give an informal lecture focusing on his interactions within the contemporary art world. He will discuss how these experiences led to his vast collection of works by the great artists of his generation and to the establishment of the Venet Foundation in Le Muy, France to ensure that his work lives on after him.

About the artist:
Born in 1941 in the south of France, Venet’s attraction to art became evident at an early age. In 1966, he established himself in New York where, over the course of the next five decades, he explored painting, poetry, film, and performance, and was attracted to pure science as a subject for art. Venet had his first retrospective at the New York Cultural Center in 1971. Contributions to major art events such as Kassel Documenta VI, and the Biennales of Paris, Venice and São Paulo, followed. To date, the number of Venet’s exhibitions amounts to no less than 250. In 2011, he became the 4th contemporary artist to be offered the world-renowned Château de Versailles for a solo exhibition.
Venet has been the recipient of several distinguishing honors, including France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. Most recently, he received the 2013 Julio González International Prize, and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center (ISC). Inaugurated in July 2014, the Venet Foundation aims to preserve the site in Le Muy, France, conserve the collection, and ensure that Bernar Venet’s work lives on after him.

About the exhibition:
Venet began to take these portraits in the 1960s, in France (Nice, Paris) and, after 1966, in New York where he has been based for the past fifty years. They rekindle the sense of adventure around an art movement that was created in solitude and friendship. Throughout the years, Bernar Venet has collected works by these artists who he knew and with whom he socialized, many of whom were his friends. These photos taken on a whim are another way to extend the collection and the community of friends that they embody.

Gallery Hours

Monday, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

To learn more and purchase tickets for the artist's lecture, click here.

French Cultural Center in Boston 53 Marlborough Street, Boston

RAW: Portraits of Artists -by Bernar Venet

When
March 2nd to May 2nd 2017
Where
French Cultural Center in Boston
53 Marlborough Street, Boston

Bernar Venet has spent decades exploring painting, poetry, film, performance and sculpture, for which he is best known and admired around the world. This intimate exhibit features unpublished photographs brought together for the first time in the US. These images of icons of art in the 1960s' (Warhol, Rauschenberg, Indiana...), are truly unique as a valuable mix of historical evidence and friendly instantaneous moments.

The artist lecture will be the occasion for Bernar Venet to share his experiences and give an informal lecture focusing on his interactions within the contemporary art world. He will discuss how these experiences led to his vast collection of works by the great artists of his generation and to the establishment of the Venet Foundation in Le Muy, France to ensure that his work lives on after him.

About the artist:
Born in 1941 in the south of France, Venet’s attraction to art became evident at an early age. In 1966, he established himself in New York where, over the course of the next five decades, he explored painting, poetry, film, and performance, and was attracted to pure science as a subject for art. Venet had his first retrospective at the New York Cultural Center in 1971. Contributions to major art events such as Kassel Documenta VI, and the Biennales of Paris, Venice and São Paulo, followed. To date, the number of Venet’s exhibitions amounts to no less than 250. In 2011, he became the 4th contemporary artist to be offered the world-renowned Château de Versailles for a solo exhibition.
Venet has been the recipient of several distinguishing honors, including France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. Most recently, he received the 2013 Julio González International Prize, and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center (ISC). Inaugurated in July 2014, the Venet Foundation aims to preserve the site in Le Muy, France, conserve the collection, and ensure that Bernar Venet’s work lives on after him.

About the exhibition:
Venet began to take these portraits in the 1960s, in France (Nice, Paris) and, after 1966, in New York where he has been based for the past fifty years. They rekindle the sense of adventure around an art movement that was created in solitude and friendship. Throughout the years, Bernar Venet has collected works by these artists who he knew and with whom he socialized, many of whom were his friends. These photos taken on a whim are another way to extend the collection and the community of friends that they embody.

Gallery Hours

Monday, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

To learn more and purchase tickets for the artist's lecture, click here.

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