Friday, 29 October 2010


Et surtout n'oubliez pas de tomber amoureux means And especially don't forget to fall in love

If you speak french (or not), you have to visit BEN VAUTIER's site. You're in for hours of pleasure and either you like his work or not, you can't stay indifferent and isn't this what art is all about?

BEN VAUTIER (born on July 18, 1935 in Naples, Italy), also known simply as Ben, is a French artist.
Vautier lives and works in Nice, where he ran a record shop called Magazin between 1958 and 1973. He discovered Yves Klein and the Nouveau Réalisme in the 1950s, but he became quickly interested in the French dada artist Marcel Duchamp, the music of John Cage and joined the Fluxus artistic movement in the 1960s. In 1959, Vautier founded the journal Ben Dieu. In 1960, he had his first one-man show, Rien et tout in Laboratoire 32.
He is also active in Mail-Art and is mostly known for his text-based paintings; an example of the latter is his work "L'art est inutile. Rentrez chez vous" (Art is Useless, Go Home).


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