Vicky David Gallery presents “Solo Show” an installation of paintings by Ben Vautier better known as “BEN”. Through his use of phrases, quotes and statements, BEN juggles with words to deliver a concise and polished message. Also bringing to light the falsely naive, impertinence and accuracy of the words used.
BEN, who lives and works in Nice, France, is a self-taught French artist and performer of Swiss origin born in 1935. He became well known in the 1960s, primarily for his “manuscript paintings.” At which time, he co-founded the Fluxus movement, inspired by Yves Klein and the New Realists. Similar to the neo Dadaist movement, Ben questions the reality and declared “All is art” in 1962. Heir to Duchamp, his work leads one to reflect on the notoriety of the artist and commercialization of the art world over all. Ben’s oeuvre are on display throughout major private and public collections around the world.