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Daniel Buren

Twenty-five Enamel Plates


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  • Artist Daniel Buren (French, b. 1938)
  • Title Twenty-five Enamel Plates
  • Date 1993
  • Medium 25 pieces of steel enameled in two colors
  • Edition description ed. 15
  • Dimensions unframed | 17 1/8 x 17 1/8 in. (each)
  • Credit line University purchase, Parsons Fund, 2005
  • Object number WU 2005.0008

Models and Prototypes
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 10/25/2006 - 12/31/2006

Michael Neff

Inscription The 25 panels are mounted equidistantly in five rows of five plates, and equidistantly in five columns of five plates. The precise placement of the plates within the rows has to be calculated so that there is a continuity of the plates’ pattern of alternating vertical stripes (8.7 cm) within the installation. The top plate of each column must be touching the ceiling, the bottom one of each column must touch the floor, with the plates equally spaced between ceiling and floor. The rows begin at the very left, with plates touching the wall’s edge. The plates within the rows are to be equally spaced so that they ideally fill the whole width of the wall, yet still maintain the alternating stripe pattern. Spaces between plates along the rows equal either one stripe or 3 stripes or 5 stripes.

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