MIAMI – “It’s a bit slower here,” says Stefania Bortolami of Miami's pace. The New York art dealer stands in a high-ceilinged gallery inside a multi-use space known as the M Building, in Miami’s Wynwood district. Bortolami is in town for the Art Basel fair, where her eponymous gallery will exhibit Richard Aldrich, Nicolás Guagnini and Jutta Koether among others, but also for the opening of a year-long exhibition of Daniel Buren’s signature “stripe” paintings.

It was 50 years ago that the French Concepualist discovered the red and white striped linen awning fabric at a Paris market. Since then, the 8.7-centimetre wide stripe has been his central motif – the artist calls it a “visual tool.” The M Building show “is a kind of A B C of Daniel Buren, explains the gallery’s Claire Bergeal, who notes that several rare early hand-painted stripe works are among the more recent examples in which the fabric is covered with Plexiglas, to which the artist applies paint.

The installation will change periodically over the course of the year, with Buren making new pieces as well as inviting other artists to collaborate with him. The idea behind the project is to break free of the constraints of the four or five-week cycle of gallery shows. “There’s so much pressure for artists to finish work that they might still be contemplating,” says Bortolami. “This context removes those constraints. It allows for real experimentation over time.” Bortolami is planning similar long-term projects in other cities, including Los Angeles, where artist Barbara Kasten will show new work simultaneously with a retrospective at MOCA.


Daniel Buren/Miami, on view through 30 November 2016 at the M Building, 194 NW 30th Street, Miami,