Born on this day in 1941 in Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban, France, Venet was first exposed to art around the age of ten and invited to exhibit one of his paintings in Paris by the age of eleven.
Venet failed his entrance exam to the Arts Décoratifs of Nice and proceeded to study at the Villa Thiole. Shortly thereafter, he enrolled in the French army for his mandatory military service, where he was allowed to get studio space. He began working with tar monochromes and produced his first performance.
1963 marks an important year for Venet, as he conceived the first sculpture without a specific shape, his iconic "Tas de charbon" ("Pile of Coal"). He also made his first abstract "Relief cartons" ("Cardboard Reliefs"). Venet befriended Arman and Paris Nouveaux Réalistes artists César, Hains, and Villeglé who invited him to exhibit alongside them.
He moved to New York in 1966 and developed his first monosemic works, based on mathematical diagrams. In 1979, Venet started working on wood reliefs, making "Arcs", "Angles", "Straight Lines" and created the first of his "Indeterminate Lines". 1966-1969 was an important time for Venet who delved further into scientific endeavors, incorporating them as conceptual art propositions.
Venet explores film, sound, painting, furniture, sculpture, performance, and photography. His sober methodology focuses on monosemy, as he continues to develop the theme of the line.
Bernar Venet in his studio, 1978.
April 20, 1941
post by Chanez Baali
project: The Glass Files #onthisday via Instagram / photo credit: Archives Bernar Venet, New York