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Artworld Insight for ARTUNER Magazine: "Martin Barré & The Provisional Painting"

Martin Barre, 63-H, 1963

Martin Barre, 63-H, 1963

Published in ARTUNER, 03 February 2014

Transcending the period when modernist ideals gave way to a new set of aesthetic cues in contemporary art, Martin Barré’s (1924-1993) creative exploration of line, color, form and the two-dimensional surface is widely recognized as a milestone within the realm of art history. Presenting the viewer with a visual argument against the polite-passive intellectualism of traditional pictorial order, Barré’s oeuvre is mendaciously simple and minimalist. Communicating boundless variations of shapes and pigments within the self-imposed confines of the rectangular stretcher, his work investigates the delicate equilibrium that exists between notions of inner and outer space, figure and ground, completeness and provisionality.

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Artworld Insight for ARTUNER Magazine: "A Brief History of Collecting"

Musei Wormiani Historia depicting Ole Worm's (1588-1655) cabinet of curiosities

Musei Wormiani Historia depicting Ole Worm's (1588-1655) cabinet of curiosities

Published in ARTUNER, 11 November 2013

Over the past decade, the art market has undeniably evolved. Remarkably resilient in the wake of the financial crisis, artworks have become tangible assets for international investors. Riding the tide of globalization, a new influx of collectors has emerged within South America, Asia and the Middle East, while the acquisition of art online has provided buyers with an unparalleled level of access to masterpieces worldwide. Needless to say, there is a stark contrast between collecting in the Digital Age and the sixteenth-century practice from which it stems. Yet, investigating the historical genesis of this pastime highlights the emotional, aesthetic and intellectual qualities that continue to inspire collectors today.

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