Pacific Design Center surveys Claude Rutault’s conceptual artwork

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Pacific Design Center surveys Claude Rutault’s conceptual artwork

Paintings are able to occupy space typically reserved for sculpture using fishing wire. (Courtesy Perrotin)

Seasonal Paintings, a new site-specific piece by the French conceptual painter Claude Rutault was installed on March 19 at the Pacific Design Center (PDC), an all-blue glass monolith in West Hollywood designed by the late Argentine architect César Pelli.

A continuation of the 78-year-old artist’s “de-finitions/methods” series that he began in the early 1970s, Seasonal Paintings goes to great lengths to avoid the conventions of displaying two-dimensional artwork by occupying nearly all surfaces at once.

Canvases appear to levitate in the middle of the space, with the assistance of fishing wire that faintly glistens underneath the spotlights, while others are splayed out atop loosely shaped canvases like oversized bearskin rugs. The few paintings that are actually hung up on the wall disappear into the walls themselves, which have been painted in the identical shade.

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