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Exhibit: "18 Paris IV. 1970"

"18 Paris IV. 1970"

66, Mouffetard Street

Paris, France

April 4 1970

Exposition de groupe

Exhibition was the idea of Michel Claura and was organized by Seth Siegelaub.

Each of the eighteen artists in the exhibition - Robert Barry, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Jean-Pierre Djian, Gilbert & George, François Guinochet, Douglas Huebler, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, David Lamelas, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Edward Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Niele Toroni, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Wilson - were invited to send a preliminary project and to create their final definitive project after learning about the projects of the other seventeen participating artists.

Initial project not carried out: critique and/or creation of all the preliminary projects proposed by the artists for this exhibit.
Project chosen: retrospective presentation, by means of text in the exhibit catalog, of the work installed the preceding month in the Paris metro consisting of pasting up white and blue striped paper on the upper right hand corner of a publicity signboards in about a hundred Paris metro stations.

Final text published in the exhibition catalogue:
"I MY FIRST PROJECT IS; TO CRITIQUE (that is to shed light on their own originality) AND/OR TO CREATE (that is, to the extent possible, depersonalize)

II MY SECOND PROJECT IS THE LITERAL CREATION OF MY FIRST PROJECT, that is, blue and white stripes were on display, outside the limits of this exhibit, from March 25 through March 31 in 110 metro stations."

"Among the eighteen invited artists, David Lamelas made a 16 mm film in black and white lasting 9 minutes, in which Daniel Buren, Raul Escari and Pierre Grimberg were the actors.
"The cameraman follows the instruction of Daniel Buren, Raul Escari and Pierre Grimberg, who will name the moment when the film must be made.
Three minutes later, the person being filmed will give the time to the cameraman. The cameraman will then stop filming. The camera must remain still while filming and the three people can be filmed anywhere at all in Paris.
1. Daniel Buren - 3 minutes
2. Raul Escari - 3 minutes.
3. Pierre Brimberg - 3 minutes.

January 28, 1970

Exhibition catalogue


Cent-dix Stations du métro parisien 1970


* Buren, Daniel : "Mon premier projet, mon second projet", in 18 Paris IV. 70, avril 1970, allemand, anglais, français, cit. p. 46, 47

* Lamelas, David : [II- Un film 16 mm, noir et blanc, de 9 minutes], in 18 Paris IV. 70, avril 1970, p. 17-20, 70 p., allemand, anglais, français

* Boudaille, Georges : 18 Paris IV 70 / L'avant-garde à la Mouffe, in Les Lettres françaises, Paris : Les Lettres françaises, n° 1331, 22-28 avril 1970, cit. p. 25.

* Claura, Michel : Réponses, in Les Lettres françaises, Paris : Les Lettres françaises, n° 1331, 22-28 avril 1970, cit. p. 25-26.

* Millet, Catherine : "Buren est-il encore justifiable ?", in Les Lettres françaises, Paris : Les Lettres françaises, n° 1339, 17-23 juin 1970, cit. p. 27

* Honnef, Klaus : "Versuch einer Concept Art Theorie", in Concept Art, Cologne : Phaidon-Verlags-GmbH, printemps 1971, allemand, cit. p. 29.

* Buren, Daniel : "Exposition–Position–Proposition (a) : Travaux faits entre Novembre 1965 et Mars 1972 et leur mode", in Documenta 5, Cassel : Documenta GmgH / Verlagsgruppe Bertelsmann GmbH / C. Bertelsmann Verlag, 1972, cit. B18, p. 17.32.

* Lippard, Lucy : “1970” [avec repr. de « You are invited to read this as a guide to what can be seen », carton d’invitation daté d'octobre 1970 dont le modèle a été réutilisé à plusieurs reprises], in Six Years: The dematerialization of the art object from 1966 to 1972, New York : Praeger Publishers, 1973, anglais, cit. p. 161-162

* Fuchs, Rudi : "Kunst als deel van de werkelijkheid", in NRC / Algemeen Handelsblad, Rotterdam / Amsterdam, 26 avril 1974, néerlandais, cit. n. p.

* Claura, Michel : "1970, 18. April, 66 rue Mouffetard, Paris, '18 Paris IV 70'", in Prospect - Retrospect : Europa 1946-1976, Cologne : Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, octobre 1976, allemand, cit. p. 139

* Marcadé, Bernard : "Sans titre", in Artstudio : Situations françaises, Paris, n° 5, été 1987, cit. p. 11

* Gintz, Claude : "‛L'art conceptuel, une perspective’ : notes sur un projet d'exposition", in L'art conceptuel, une perspective, Paris : Paris-Musées / Société des Amis du Musée d'Art Moderne, 1989, cit. p. 17, repr. p. 18

* "Liste des expositions", in L'art conceptuel, une perspective, Paris : Paris-Musées / Société des Amis du Musée d'Art Moderne, 1989, cit. et affiche repr. p. 250