Tag Archives: Martin Barré

Lost Geometry

What is the substantial difference between an artist who diagrams and fills in completely, and one who diagrams and only partially fills in? Seems to be a lot, as the work of Martin Barré is more attractive than that of … Continue reading

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Late Barré

Late Barré is unexpectedly charming. This series is built on a grid with diagonals, with certain sections filled in, most not. And the consequent forms are carefully placed to avoid obvious lining up of the edges. A sophisticated deployment of … Continue reading

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A Sensibility

I’m acquiring more affection for the work of Martin Barré, especially the later ones. From 1986, this piece has the feel of its moment – it verges on 80s parodic modernism, like a cartoon Mondrian, although I’m quite aware that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Non Composition

In a text on Martin Barré, Yves-Alain Bois says the following: “…any act of compositional balancing, especially at its most risky, underscores the number of conscious choices that it necessitates and thus becomes a reassuring sign of the cartesian cogito … Continue reading

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