In this text Buren reflects on the economic and symbolic valuation of art nowadays.
The French conceptual artist Daniel Buren is known best for using regular, contrasting maxi stripes to integrate a visual surface with an architectural space. In the latter half of the 1960's, after studying painting, Daniel Buren began producing works by using striped cloth. This striped cloth, which Buren calls 'a seeing tool', is a fabric that is widely sold in France. The width of the stripe is invariably 8.7 cm. Denoting the trademark stripes as a visual instrument or 'seeing tool' he invites us to challenge traditional ideas about art. In 1986 the artist participated in the Venice Biennial as a representative of French artists and won the Golden Lion Award. Among the extensive list of Daniel Burens exhibitions are an installation at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1971), and the Documenta 5-7 (1972-1982). His works are part of several major public collections such as Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; Muse d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Tate Modern, London; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporneo, Bilbao, and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.