Daniel Buren - Carte Blanche New York Monday, November 8, 2010 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    A. Boisnard and D. Buren, Daniel Buren. Catalogue raisonné chronologique tome II. 1964/1966, Le Bourget, Lille 2000, p.113, pl. T II-258 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1965, Daniel Buren – who spent the whole of that year on Saint Croix in the United States Virgin Islands – created, amongst other things, a monumental series of “in situ” mosaics. During that time he also produced a series of works painted directly onto bed sheets (the only sufficiently large material to be found on the Island) with enamel boat paint. That very same year saw the arrival, for the first time, of the colored vertical stripes, and it was also in 1965 that a key turning-point occurred in his artistic development. Abandoning the figure once and for all, he began to use fabric pre-printed with alternating white and colored vertical stripes, each 8.7cm wide –a material onto which he painted directly, and whose design and dimensions he was still employing 45 years later as a “visual tool”, to use the term he invented to define them.
    Realized in August 1965, this peinture email sur toile de coton is definitely one of the most emblematic works of that turning-point, matching painted blue and green vertical stripes and a painted yellow figure.


Peinture émail sur toile de coton

Painted in Grapetree Bay, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, in August 1965
Enamel paint on cotton.
88 1/2 x 75 in. (224.8 x 190.5 cm).
Dated and inscribed ‘N28 AOUT 65’ (on the reverse).

$400,000 - 600,000 

Sold for $542,500

Carte Blanche

8 November 2010  6pm
New York