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Co-published by Centre National d'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou; Musée d'Art Moderne.
Softcover, 73 pages, 39 bw, 43 colour, 9 x 12"
Publication Date: 1981
Daniel Buren's book Les Couleurs: Sculptures (1975) and les Formes: Peintures (1977) offers a detailed documentation of two major works by the artist. Both works complement each other - one an outdoor installation that is disseminated throughout the city of Paris, the other an installation that is concealed from view underneath five paintings in the museum. They explore the range of framing devices and display systems, the perceptual conventions that these elements embody and their determining impact on the production and the reception of art.
The colour photographs by Daniel Buren are accompanied by three essays. Jean-Hubert Martin describes the complex history of the installation, exhibition and acquisition of these two works by the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Jean-François Lyotard, the French philosopher, analyses the work of Buren in terms of a progressive restructuring of perceptual conventions and a transformation of the traditional aesthetic notions that he sees typically embodied in the contemporary return to representation. Benjamin H.D. Buchloh discusses the historical background of Buren's oeuvre as well as the context of the contemporary avant garde practice.