The Painter Barré

Reading further about Martin Barré I find a kindred spirit. According to Yves-Alain Bois, the logic of his work led him into conceptualism, which he later abandoned, apparently because it was too easy. A further cause of distress to him was that any idea he might come up with was sure to occur to someone else somewhere else. So an artist committed to impersonality, to negation of the subjective, found conceptualism inadequate because it would not allow him to impose his own personality strongly enough. I know what he meant. Ideas can never be once and only, so art has to look for its material elsewhere.

Martin Barré, Displaced Objects 1969

Martin Barré, Displaced Objects 1969

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