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This is the most extensive monograph (300 color illustrations) of the French-born Bernar Venet, who has been active in the New York art scene since the 1960s. Beginning as a conceptualist deeply influenced by Marcel Duchamp, Venet has gone on-after a Duchampian period of inactivity-to produce large metal sculptures reminiscent of works by Anthony Caro, Eduardo Chillida, and (remotely) Richard Serra, but with substantial mathematical or theoretical intentions behind them. The steel arcs and lines he employs in landscapes particularly have a certain freedom and playfulness, and his later, more geometric works relating directly to buildings are also very compelling. The text by Lenain (art history, Université Libre, Brussels) covers Venet's entire career and includes much firsthand interaction with the artist, whose conceptualist work in retrospect seems quite vital. Thomas McEvilley (art history, Rice Univ., TX) also contributes. For advanced collections with binding budgets.
—Jack Perry Brown