To Cut Out: Situated Words 1969-2009
To Cut Out: Situated Words 1969-2009. From the late 1960s on, Buren began thinking of his work in terms of its location in regards to both interior and exterior, private and public environments. Although the bold patterns of colored stripes command attention in interior spaces, because of their ordinary associations (beach umbrellas, awnings, and wallpaper) they are often not recognized as art when installed outdoors in the public realm. This aspect of Buren's work is, in effect, one of his intentions; to create an art that defies a traditional definition of art as an object for aesthetic contemplation.