Bernar Venet was born in France in 1941. He worked in his native France unti11971. During a time of introspection beginning in 1971, he wrote and taught " Art and the Theory of Art" at the Sorbonne. In Bernar Venet's opinion, a contemporary work of art is not held to have truly artistic value unless it advances the idea of art.
The "Undetermined Line" is part of a large body of work begun in 1976. This dynamic steel line swirls into space. For him, line is the "heart of art" which is at once a mathematical symbol, the foundation of art, and a metaphysical idea. Venet does not design his sculpture in advance, but gives the straight bars of steel their undetermined form at the work site.
Selected Public Collections
Akron Art Institute, Akron, Ohio
Atlantic Richfield Corporation, Los Angeles, California
Dartmouth College Museum and Galleries, Hanover, New Hampshire
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Fond d' Art Contemporain des Musee de Nice, Nice, France ,
Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Castello di Portofino, Portofino, Italy
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary ~, La Jolla, California .
McCrory Corporation Collection, New York
Musee d' Art de d'Industrie, Saint-Etienne, France
Musee d' Art Contemporain de Dunkerque, Dunkirk, France
Musee de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble, France
Musee National d' Art Modern, Paris, France
Musee Royaux de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Musee Sainter-Croix, Poitiers,' France
Museum of Art, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum Sztuky W. Lodzi, Lodz, Poland
Neue Galerie im Alten Kurhaus, Aix-Ia-Chapelle, Germany
New York University, New York
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Sonja Henie-Niels Onstad Foundations, Hovikodden, Norway
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut