For more than five decades, the conceptual artist Daniel Buren has been using his signature 8.7-centimeter-wide vertical stripes to explore such ambitious topics as what art really is and how we perceive it. Central to this inquiry is his fascination with the interplay between works of art and their environment. He has melded the two by striping monuments, train stations, and other public spaces. Buren’s two-part Voile/Toile – Toile/Voile (Sail/Canvas – Canvas/Sail), a public performance and installation, makes its U.S. debut this month.
The performance consists of a regatta featuring boats with striped sails; in the artist’s conception, the sails are paintings and the water their exhibition space. After the regatta, which will take place on June 23 on Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the sails will be repurposed into an outdoor installation at the Walker Art Center/ Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, June 26 through October 8.