Daniel Buren


In-situ intervention; various coloured posters

Daniel Buren is known in the art-world for his signature stripes, which he began using in the late 1960s as part of a counter-culture in the visual arts that rejected the authenticity of the artist — questioning the art market, its valorization of individual genius and the progression of ideas into a definable resolution. As a critical action, Buren limited his form to vertical stripes of 8.7 cm in width alternating from one colour to white, which he applied to the surfaces of buildings, fences, windows, stairwells and canvases. Even though Buren’s work has expanded to include a variety of sculptural and colourfield approaches, he continues to apply this basic aesthetic formula of monochrome vertical stripes to architectural surfaces and environmental forms, giving equal significance to his intervention and the surface it occupies.

For STAGES, Buren will remount Limited Time Only! for the first time since its inception in 1981. This site-specific intervention was initially produced in Toronto in a St. James Town apartment block for which Buren offered to wallpaper apartments within the building with his signature stripes. Residents of the apartment block could have an artwork by Buren for the minimal cost: $50 for one wall; $125 for an entire room. Plug In ICA with Buren, restages this work in Winnipeg at Eleven Evergreen Place, offering its residents an opportunity to have a work by Buren installed in their homes for a Limited Time Only!. The title emulates language used in advertising, but references the tenuous and precarious nature of the renter who will own an artwork by Buren only as long as they continue to stay a renter in their current apartment. Like the initial ‘offer’ the first tenant of the selected building to respond will receive the work for free, and the others for a special price. We have used standard inflation charts to adjust the original prices to reflect today: $150 for a single wall; $325 for an entire room.

Daniel Buren, born in Boulogne-Billancourt, is a world-renown artist variously associated with conceptualism during his extensive career. In the past fifty years, Buren has produced unforgettable artworks; controversial and incisive critical writing; and numerous collaborations with an impressive range of visual artists. Through his critical and artistic work, Buren has made an extended investigation into the relation between art and the social structures through which it is understood. Much of Buren’s artworks are created in situ as site-specific interventions that borrow and colour the spaces they are presented within. Most recently, Buren has had major exhibitions at the Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis, USA), Kunstammlungen Chemnitz (Chemnitz, Germany), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf, Germany), Centre Pompidou Málaga (Málaga, Spain), BOZAR Palais des Beaux-Artes (Brussels, Belgium), Museo-Espacio (Aguascalientes, Mexico) and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, UK). His two volumes of collected critical writings are published by Éditions Flammarion.

Location: 11 Evergreen Place, Evergreen Towers.
Open hours: 12 – 6pm, 7 days a week during STAGES from August 17 to September 8, 2019.
Additional information: A showroom is available for viewing on the 13th floor, please buzz 305 for access to apartment number 1305 during open hours; Wheelchair accessible.

Live stream: Daniel Buren, LIMITED TIME ONLY!, installed at Evergreen Towers as part of Plug In ICA’s STAGES 2019