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Bernar Venet Art

French, b. 1941

Bernar Venet creates large-scale site-specific installations, works of avant-garde performance art and other provocative pieces that have earned him a place among France’s most significant Conceptual artists. He is also known for his abstract and figurative drawings, as well as abstract sculptures.

Venet was born in 1941 in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in southern France as Bernard Venet. In 1958, he attended EMAP Villa Thiole in Nice and decided to pursue an artistic career. Venet moved to New York City in 1961 and started to garner recognition for his monochromatic tar paintings and coal sculptures. It was during this period that he dropped the “d” from his first name.

In 1971, Venet took a break from making art and spent some time teaching art theory at the University of Paris. He decided to resume his artistic work in 1976 and showed his work the following year at Kassel, Germany’s “documenta 6,” a contemporary art exhibition that has featured the likes of Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Willem de Kooning and others. Around this time, Venet pivoted to working with wood and created a series of reliefs called “Arcs, Angles and Straight Lines.” The National Endowment of the Arts recognized Venet with a grant in 1979.

The grant kicked off two decades of exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States, Asia and South America. To date, Venet has participated in more than 40 public sculpture exhibitions and created monumental installations in cities around the globe, including Berlin, Denver, Auckland, Geneva, Austin, Tokyo, Vancouver and more.

In 2005, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur awarded him with the highest order of merit in France. He was also awarded the International Sculpture Center Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture in 2016. Venet’s works are held in the collections of leading museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Centre Pompidou

Venet lives and works between New York City and Le Muy. 

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Artist: Bernar Venet
Sit on Steel, European Minimalist poster, Hand Signed & Inscribed to Nadine
By Bernar Venet
Located in New York, NY
Bernar Venet Sit on Steel (Hand Signed & Inscribed), 1991 Offset lithograph poster. hand signed. dated. dedicated. Boldly signed, dated and inscribed in silver sharpie on the front 26 3/4 × 18 1/4 inches Unframed Rare vintage poster, hand signed and dedicated by Bernar Venet to the legendary sculptor Isaac Witkin...
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1990s Minimalist Bernar Venet Art

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Lithograph, Offset, Permanent Marker

Effondrement Inderminate Lines
By Bernar Venet
Located in New York, NY
Effondrement Inderminate Lines, 2022 Etching and polymer 19 x 21 1/4” Edition of 40
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2010s Bernar Venet Art

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Polymer, Etching

Bernar Venet Sculpture (Monograph - hand signed and inscribed to Kevin by Venet)
By Bernar Venet
Located in New York, NY
Bernar Venet Sculpture (Monograph - hand signed and inscribed), 2013 Lavishly illustrated hardback monograph with dust jacket (signed and inscri...
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2010s Minimalist Bernar Venet Art

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Permanent Marker, Lithograph, Offset, Paper, Mixed Media

Position of an Undetermined, Line
By Bernar Venet
Located in New York, NY
Bernar Venet Position of an Undetermined, Line, ca. 1979 Lithograph Hand signed and numbered 4/100 by the artist on the front 11 1/2 × 8 1/4 inches Unframed This lovely lithograph is...
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1970s Minimalist Bernar Venet Art

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Lithograph

Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines
By Bernar Venet
Located in Paris, FR
Engraving, 2019 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 5/50 69.00 cm. x 91.00 cm. 27.17 in. x 35.83 in. (paper) 44.00 cm. x 69.50 cm. 17.32 in. x 27.36 in. (image) Bernar...
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2010s Abstract Bernar Venet Art

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Engraving

Crocus jaunes
By Bernar Venet
Located in Paris, FR
Lithograph, 1987 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 48/150 58.00 cm. x 75.00 cm. 22.83 in. x 29.53 in. (paper) 50.00 cm. x 67.00 cm. 19.69 in. x 26.38 in. (image) LCD5438
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1980s Abstract Bernar Venet Art

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Lithograph

Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines
By Bernar Venet
Located in Paris, FR
Engraving, 2019 Handsigned by the artist in pencil and numbered 5/50 68.50 cm. x 91.00 cm. 26.97 in. x 35.83 in. (paper) 45.50 cm. x 69.00 cm. 17.91 in. x 27.17 in. (image) Bernar...
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2010s Abstract Bernar Venet Art

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Engraving

DISORDER: 9 UNEVEN ANGLES
By Bernar Venet
Located in Kampen (Sylt), SH
A unique steel sculpture by one of the most famous artists worldwide: The French sculptor Bernar Venet (*1941) . This sculpture has a wonderful anthracite patina and is one of his r...
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21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Bernar Venet Art

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Steel

Bernar Venet Position of Three Undetermined Lines Charcoal and Collage on Paper
By Bernar Venet
Located in Paris, FR
1984 Unique artwork Charcoal, cardboard, collage on paper Signed, dated and titled lower right Registered under the inventory number bv84d5 at Bernar Venet Studio 70.5 x 113.5 cm   ...
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1980s Conceptual Bernar Venet Art

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Paper, Charcoal, Cardboard

Effondrement - Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, White, Edition
By Bernar Venet
Located in Zug, CH
Bernar Venet, Effondrement Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, White, Edition Etching (Portfolio of 2) Edition of 40 76.2 x 94.9 cm (30 x 37...
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2010s Contemporary Bernar Venet Art

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Etching

Two Indeterminate Lines - Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, Edition
By Bernar Venet
Located in Zug, CH
Bernar Venet, Two Indeterminate Lines Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, Edition Etching (Portfolio of 3) Edition of 50, plus 4 AP Edition number WHE 4/4 (World House Editio...
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2010s Contemporary Bernar Venet Art

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Etching

Arcs: Uneven Angles - Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, White, Edition
By Bernar Venet
Located in Zug, CH
Bernar Venet, Arcs: Uneven Angles Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, White, Edition Etching (Portfolio of 4) Edition of 50, plus 10 AP 98 x 115 cm (79.7 x 52.7 in.) Signed a...
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2010s Contemporary Bernar Venet Art

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Etching

Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines - Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching
By Bernar Venet
Located in Zug, CH
Bernar Venet, Random Combination of Indeterminate Lines Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching Etching (Portfolio of 6) Edition of 50 68.5 x 91 cm (27 x 35.7 in) Each is signed and numb...
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2010s Contemporary Bernar Venet Art

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Etching

Grib - Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, Limited Edition, Portfolio
By Bernar Venet
Located in Zug, CH
Bernar Venet, Grib Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black, Limited Edition, Portfolio Etching (Portfolio of 3) Edition of 60 72.4 cm x 109.6 cm ...
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2010s Contemporary Bernar Venet Art

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Etching

Four Indeterminate Lines - Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black and White
By Bernar Venet
Located in Zug, CH
Bernar Venet, Four Indeterminate Lines Contemporary, 21st Century, Etching, Black and White Etching Edition of 50, plus 10 AP & 4 PP 117.2 x 159.7 cm (46.1 x 62.8 in) Signed and num...
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2010s Contemporary Bernar Venet Art

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Etching

Acute Uneven Angles (A)
By Bernar Venet
Located in New York, NY
Bernar Venet Acute Uneven Angles (A), 2016 Direct gravure, aquatint, burnishing and drypoint. Pencil signed and numbered 27 from the limited edition of 75 by the artist on the front ...
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2010s Minimalist Bernar Venet Art

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Etching, Aquatint

2365 Degrees Arc x IV
By Bernar Venet
Located in Long Island City, NY
A large indoor/outdoor welded iron sculpture by Bernar Venet circa 1990. An iconic modern art sculpture of iron with black patina, title stamped...
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1990s Conceptual Bernar Venet Art

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Steel

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Bernar Venet Effondrement: 10 Arcs Black Patinated Steel Sculpture 2016
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