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Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Installation view, Nahmad Contemporary. Photographs by Tom Powel Imaging

Selected Works

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Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, June 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 89 1⁄2 × 75 1⁄2 in / 227 × 191.7 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, June 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 89 1⁄2 × 75 1⁄2 in / 227 × 191.7 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, [May] 1965, Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, 87 1/4 x 74 1/2  in /222 x 189 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, [May] 1965, Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, 87 1/4 x 74 1/2  in /222 x 189 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, July 1965,Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 88 3/4 x 75 1/2 in/ 225 x 192 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, July 1965,Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 88 3/4 x 75 1/2 in/ 225 x 192 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, [September-October] 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas, 89 1/4 x 75 1/3 in/ 227 x 192 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, [September-October] 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas, 89 1/4 x 75 1/3 in/ 227 x 192 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, August 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet),  92 1/2 x 80 in/ 235  x 204 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, August 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet),  92 1/2 x 80 in/ 235  x 204 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo- souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, July 1966, Paint on orange and white striped cotton canvas, 84 1/4 x 70 1/4 in/ 214 x 179 cm.

Photo- souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, July 1966, Paint on orange and white striped cotton canvas, 84 1/4 x 70 1/4 in/ 214 x 179 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, May 1966, Acrylic on white and grey striped cotton canvas, 89 x 75 in/ 226 x 190 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, May 1966, Acrylic on white and grey striped cotton canvas, 89 x 75 in/ 226 x 190 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [January-May] 1966, Paint on red and white striped cotton canvas, 88 1/4 x 74 3/4 in/ 224 x 190 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [January-May] 1966, Paint on red and white striped cotton canvas, 88 1/4 x 74 3/4 in/ 224 x 190 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [July-August] 1966, Paint on white and gray striped cotton canvas, 90 1/2 x 76 in/ 230 x 194 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [July-August] 1966, Paint on white and gray striped cotton canvas, 90 1/2 x 76 in/ 230 x 194 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: White acrylic paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, October 1966, Paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, 89 x 81 in/ 226 x 206 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: White acrylic paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, October 1966, Paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, 89 x 81 in/ 226 x 206 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, June 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 89 1⁄2 × 75 1⁄2 in / 227 × 191.7 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, June 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 89 1⁄2 × 75 1⁄2 in / 227 × 191.7 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, [May] 1965, Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, 87 1/4 x 74 1/2  in /222 x 189 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, [May] 1965, Enamel paint and silver paint on canvas, 87 1/4 x 74 1/2  in /222 x 189 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, July 1965,Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 88 3/4 x 75 1/2 in/ 225 x 192 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, July 1965,Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet), 88 3/4 x 75 1/2 in/ 225 x 192 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, [September-October] 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas, 89 1/4 x 75 1/3 in/ 227 x 192 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, [September-October] 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas, 89 1/4 x 75 1/3 in/ 227 x 192 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, August 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet),  92 1/2 x 80 in/ 235  x 204 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Enamel paint on cotton canvas, August 1965, Enamel paint on cotton canvas (bed sheet),  92 1/2 x 80 in/ 235  x 204 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York 

Photo- souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, July 1966, Paint on orange and white striped cotton canvas, 84 1/4 x 70 1/4 in/ 214 x 179 cm.

Photo- souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, July 1966, Paint on orange and white striped cotton canvas, 84 1/4 x 70 1/4 in/ 214 x 179 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, May 1966, Acrylic on white and grey striped cotton canvas, 89 x 75 in/ 226 x 190 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, May 1966, Acrylic on white and grey striped cotton canvas, 89 x 75 in/ 226 x 190 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [January-May] 1966, Paint on red and white striped cotton canvas, 88 1/4 x 74 3/4 in/ 224 x 190 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [January-May] 1966, Paint on red and white striped cotton canvas, 88 1/4 x 74 3/4 in/ 224 x 190 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [July-August] 1966, Paint on white and gray striped cotton canvas, 90 1/2 x 76 in/ 230 x 194 cm.

Photo-souvenir: Variable Forms Painting, [July-August] 1966, Paint on white and gray striped cotton canvas, 90 1/2 x 76 in/ 230 x 194 cm.
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Photo-souvenir: White acrylic paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, October 1966, Paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, 89 x 81 in/ 226 x 206 cm. 

Photo-souvenir: White acrylic paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, October 1966, Paint on white and green striped cotton canvas, 89 x 81 in/ 226 x 206 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami, New York

Press Release

Nahmad Contemporary is pleased to announce Daniel Buren’s Origin of Stripes: Paintings from 1965­-1966, an exhibition of ten early works by French artist Daniel Buren on view from Sept. 15 - ­ Oct. 22, 2016. Presented together for the first time in the United States, these rare, formative paintings are revealed as the foundation of the artist’s iconic stripes.

Since the beginning of Buren’s radical 50­-year career, he has challenged traditional notions about art and the institution. During the 1960s when painting was denounced in favor of conceptual art, the artist employed the contentious medium to develop his striped motif, which to this day serves as a “visual tool” to direct attention to an artwork’s physicality, surrounding context, and reception.

Foremost among the early works featured in the artist’s catalogue raisonné, the ten paintings selected for this exhibition illustrate the evolution of Buren’s signature pattern. In this collection of works, traces of the artist’s hand gradually dissipate, foreshadowing his renunciation of painting in its entirety. Buren’s linear motif first emerges as hand­ painted, multicolored, vertical bands that are partially obscured by amorphous, undulating layers of paint. Soon thereafter, the handmade stripes surrender to the standardized 8.7-centimeter wide, two­-toned stripes of mass-­produced textile, and the over­painted component condenses to narrow, meandering lines. In the exhibition’s final works, the presence of paint is isolated to the perimeter of the fabric as Buren embraces the pure homogeneity of the underlying, mechanically produced stripes.

Illuminated as a cornerstone in Buren’s artistic practice, this group of paintings captures a unique moment marked by the unification of a traditional medium with conceptual ambition. Shortly after he produced these works, the artist abandoned the canvas to explore his stripes in site­-specific installations. The motif has since transformed a multitude of architectural monoliths—Guggenheim Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Grand Palais, Centre Pompidou and Palais­-Royal, Paris—all the while maintaining its original function to draw attention to spatial and perceptual structures.

Daniel Buren (b. 1938, Paris; lives in Paris) is an internationally renowned artist known for his site­-specific installations. Among his impressive resume of exhibitions are solo museum shows at the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2002) and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York (2005). He was awarded the Golden Lion representing France at the 1986 Venice Biennale, in which he has subsequently participated over 10 times. His most recent site-­specific exhibition, L’Observatoire de la lumière, travail in situ (The Observatory of Light, Work in Situ), is currently on view at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.