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Ben

Ben

France • Born in: 1935

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Is everything art? A question which is tirelessly asked in History of art and by the artist, Ben. His real name Benjamin Vautier, born in Naples in 1934. His future will be built between Switzerland, Turkey and Egypt but also and mainly in France, as he moves to Nice.

He asks a lot of questions, mostly through his paintings. Famous for his written works, constantly affirming or questioning the world around us. In 1950, he opens a stall in Nice where he organizes exhibitions. This place quickly becomes a place for artists of the region to get together, who nourish the reflexion on art as a team.

Ben spends time with César, Martial Raysse and Arman. Together, they make up a group of artists and work on their quest for novelty and turn into the Ecole de Nice. They want to prolong the heritage of Marcel Duchamp and drive art into a corner, by walking on the footsteps of John Cage or the Dada movement.

Ben wrote his destiny in 1953 « Il faut manger, il faut dormir », with this simple and obvious paraphrase, he created his first "writing". To speak and question art in a better manner, he decides to write it down and put it in letters, through a visual writing. He initiates a step towards conceptual art, which isn't developed yet.

As a logical extension of his approach, Ben then focuses on the importance of the artist's signature in art. His first signature saw the light of the day in 1958. He just doesn't scribble on a piece of paper, no, he signs the world, everything on the move around him.

This way, his questions the concept of ego, of me, but also the idea of appropriation. These strong notions shake up the codes of art, just the way the artist wanted to. As for the art marker, Ben underlines the strength of the signature today, which is sometimes more important the art work itself.

It's going to be a tough task, making the world his but Ben doesn't give up. He signs in abundance, people in the streets, his friends, family and creates his first living sculptures in 1959. Through labeling his environment, Ben has the impression of linking life to art, and once again asks us if everything is possible in art and if everything makes up art.

The thought of appropriation goes through a lot of research until 1963. In the meantime, he joins the Fluxus group, which considers itself to be a non artistic movement and questions the status of the artist and the art work in society Games and humor predominates the group, and Ben's work will soon be influenced by this.

His handwritten punchlines in white with a black background resonate like true slogans. He doesn't hesitate to express on current events and makes his written word echo. A big fan of school, Ben multiplies derivatives and editions and signs on pencil boxes, bags and diaries. This way, he is able to register his art in a conceptual dimension, which is within reach for everyday.

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L'art est partout, Ben

L'art est partout

Ben

Print - 56 x 76 cm

€3,000

Série de 6 assiettes en porcelaine, Ben série 1998, Ben

Série de 6 assiettes en porcelaine, Ben série 1998

Ben

Design - 53 x 79.5 x 15 cm

€1,200

12 Cercles qui se prennent pour de l'art, Ben

12 Cercles qui se prennent pour de l'art

Ben

Painting - 76 x 61.5 x 1 cm

€13,600

De qué tienes miedo?, Ben

De qué tienes miedo?

Ben

Print - 50 x 70 x 1 cm

€1,800

Pourquoi écrire, Ben

Pourquoi écrire

Ben

Print - 50 x 70 x 0.2 cm

€2,500

No more art, Ben

No more art

Ben

Print - 50 x 69.5 x 0.2 cm

€2,800

Mot d'amour, Ben

Mot d'amour

Ben

Print - 56 x 76 cm

€2,500

L’instant présent, Ben

L’instant présent

Ben

Print - 56 x 76 cm

€2,500

Black Power, Ben

Black Power

Ben

Print - 100 x 70 x 0.1 cm

€3,000

Estoy inquieto, Ben

Estoy inquieto

Ben

Print - 50 x 70 x 1 cm

€1,800

Cœur de châtaignier (ça pique), Ben

Cœur de châtaignier (ça pique)

Ben

Painting - 86 x 46 x 8.5 cm

€13,600

My Nose, Ben

My Nose

Ben

Painting - 18 x 24 cm

€14,000

Parfois j'ai l'impression d'être une serpillère, Ben

Parfois j'ai l'impression d'être une serpillère

Ben

Painting - 57 x 44 x 9 cm

€18,500

Faire Tourner, Ben

Faire Tourner

Ben

Painting - 30 x 40 x 19 cm

€8,500

Pourquoi écrire, Ben

Pourquoi écrire

Ben

Print - 50 x 70 x 0.1 cm

€2,490

Life Is Competition, Ben

Life Is Competition

Ben

Print - 63 x 90 x 0.1 cm

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J’ai pas assez de temps pour le passer à ramper, Ben

J’ai pas assez de temps pour le passer à ramper

Ben

Painting - 46 x 55 x 1 cm

Sold

Sans titre (La Faille), Ben

Sans titre (La Faille)

Ben

Painting - 18 x 26 x 1 cm

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Composition pour les JO, Ben

Composition pour les JO

Ben

Print - 63 x 90 cm

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Être libre, Ben

Être libre

Ben

Print - 76 x 56 cm

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N'achetez plus rien !, Ben

N'achetez plus rien !

Ben

Fine Art Drawings - 35 x 24.5 cm

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Je suis le dernier, Ben

Je suis le dernier

Ben

Fine Art Drawings - 32 x 24 x 0.3 cm

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Pas d’art sans désordre, Ben

Pas d’art sans désordre

Ben

Fine Art Drawings - 31 x 24 x 0.3 cm

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La liberté de, Ben

La liberté de

Ben

Print - 50 x 70 cm

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Is everything art ?, Ben

Is everything art ?

Ben

Print - 50 x 50 cm

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Je suis ce que je suis, Ben

Je suis ce que je suis

Ben

Print - 57 x 77 cm

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Le pouvoir aime se regarder dans son miroir, Ben

Le pouvoir aime se regarder dans son miroir

Ben

Print - 50 x 70 cm

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Ich bin farben blind, Ben

Ich bin farben blind

Ben

Print - 54 x 65 x 2 cm

Sold

Boîte Mystère n°33, Ben

Boîte Mystère n°33

Ben

Sculpture - 10 x 6 x 7 cm

Sold

Belle, Ben

Belle

Ben

Painting - 33 x 40 x 3 cm

Sold

Nothing important, Ben

Nothing important

Ben

Painting - 50 x 61 cm

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Cette porte mène ailleurs, Ben

Cette porte mène ailleurs

Ben

Painting - 30 x 40 x 1 cm

Sold

Libertà, Ben

Libertà

Ben

Painting - 50 x 61 cm

Sold

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Who is the artist?

Is everything art? A question which is tirelessly asked in History of art and by the artist, Ben. His real name Benjamin Vautier, born in Naples in 1934. His future will be built between Switzerland, Turkey and Egypt but also and mainly in France, as he moves to Nice.

He asks a lot of questions, mostly through his paintings. Famous for his written works, constantly affirming or questioning the world around us. In 1950, he opens a stall in Nice where he organizes exhibitions. This place quickly becomes a place for artists of the region to get together, who nourish the reflexion on art as a team.

Ben spends time with César, Martial Raysse and Arman. Together, they make up a group of artists and work on their quest for novelty and turn into the Ecole de Nice. They want to prolong the heritage of Marcel Duchamp and drive art into a corner, by walking on the footsteps of John Cage or the Dada movement.

Ben wrote his destiny in 1953 « Il faut manger, il faut dormir », with this simple and obvious paraphrase, he created his first "writing". To speak and question art in a better manner, he decides to write it down and put it in letters, through a visual writing. He initiates a step towards conceptual art, which isn't developed yet.

As a logical extension of his approach, Ben then focuses on the importance of the artist's signature in art. His first signature saw the light of the day in 1958. He just doesn't scribble on a piece of paper, no, he signs the world, everything on the move around him.

This way, his questions the concept of ego, of me, but also the idea of appropriation. These strong notions shake up the codes of art, just the way the artist wanted to. As for the art marker, Ben underlines the strength of the signature today, which is sometimes more important the art work itself.

It's going to be a tough task, making the world his but Ben doesn't give up. He signs in abundance, people in the streets, his friends, family and creates his first living sculptures in 1959. Through labeling his environment, Ben has the impression of linking life to art, and once again asks us if everything is possible in art and if everything makes up art.

The thought of appropriation goes through a lot of research until 1963. In the meantime, he joins the Fluxus group, which considers itself to be a non artistic movement and questions the status of the artist and the art work in society Games and humor predominates the group, and Ben's work will soon be influenced by this.

His handwritten punchlines in white with a black background resonate like true slogans. He doesn't hesitate to express on current events and makes his written word echo. A big fan of school, Ben multiplies derivatives and editions and signs on pencil boxes, bags and diaries. This way, he is able to register his art in a conceptual dimension, which is within reach for everyday.

What is Ben’s artistic movement?

The artistic movements of the artists are: Meaningful Typographies

When was Ben born?

The year of birth of the artist is: 1935