Sunday, September 4, 2011

PETER DOWNSBROUGH: The Book(s) - 1968-2010

On the occasion of the publication of the book: Peter Downsbrough: The Book(s) 1968-2010, Florence Loewy’s Paris bookstore has organized a retrospective exhibition, to discover or rediscover the work of this conceptual artist, who, since 1968 onwards, has published some 85 books. Peter Downsbrough belongs to the first generation of artists such as, Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha and Allan Ruppersberg, who use the book as a real medium.

Peter Downsbrough considers the book as a volume, a space, using words as tools, combining them with a wide variety of graphic elements (lines, punctuation marks, plans, and maps), to constantly create new configurations. Very architectured, from the beginning, his work focuses mainly on the status of location and on the implication of locating something in relation to space and time.

The ensemble presented, collected over the past twenty years, gives a true understanding of not only the importance of the book in the artist’s oeuvre, but also its perpetual renewal and enrichment, starting from what one might call a basic vocabulary.

Peter Downsbrough was born in 1940 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During the 60’s he studied architecture at the Cincinnati University, Ohio, and at the Cooper Union, New York, first exhibiting his works during the 70’s. Selected group exhibitions include Documenta 6, section ‘Artists’ Books’ (1977), “Printed Art: a View of Two Decades”, Museum of Modern Art, New York City (1980), “Artists’ Books”, Tate Gallery, London (1995), “Reconsidering the Object of Art”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1995) or POSITION, a monographic exhibition, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2003). Peter Downsbrough currently lives and works in Brussels.

Peter Downsbrough: The Book(s) 1968-2010
10 septembre- 5 novembre, 2011

florence loewy... by artists
9 rue de thorigny 75003 paris
t: 01 44 78 98 45 f: 01 44 78 98 46
ouvert du mardi au samedi de 14h00 à 19h00

The image: Peter Downsbrough, Hors, 2005 Carte postale unique envoyée le 27-11-2005. Vue panoramique de Milano Marritima et adhésif noir.

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