FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
COMING SOON, LATEST ART EXHIBIT AT PARK AVENUE MALLS
Bernar Venet’s "Indeterminate Lines" on View May 10 Through August 29, 2004
The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the exhibition of three new works by sculptor Bernar Venet on the Park Avenue Malls between 50th and 54th Streets. The first outdoor exhibition of Venet’s work in New York City, this installation will feature works from the artist’s "Indeterminate Line" series. The sculptures are presented in cooperation with The Fund for Park Avenue.
Venet’s sculpture has been exhibited around the world in the major cities of the United States, Asia, Europe and South America. The artist first began producing monumental linear improvisations in steel in the early 1980s and these "Indeterminate Lines" are considered by many to his trademark work. The works to be exhibited on Park Avenue are made of cor-ten steel and stand 9-feet high and range from 12- to 15-feet long. Using a technique that has been described as Action Sculpture in slow motion, Venet carefully balances his vision for the material with the steel’s natural responses to the warping affects of pressure and heat.
This year, Bernar Venet’s work will be exhibited in cities across the United States including Miami, Denver, and New York. Venet was born in France and has lived and worked in New York since 1966. Venet’s sculptures and early conceptual work have been exhibited and collected by galleries and sculpture parks in the United States and abroad, including Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. and The Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
The exhibition on Park Avenue will be funded, in part, by AFAA (Association Française d'Action Artistique), CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial), Lutnick-Cantor Fitzgerald Fund, Art et Acier, and Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Parks & Recreation’s temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in City parks. Committed to the exhibition of art by emerging and established artists, Parks & Recreation has supported projects ranging from international exhibitions in flagship parks to local, community works in neighborhood parks and traffic islands.
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