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Peter Downsbrough

°1940, New Jersey (US) – lives and works in Brussels (BE) 

Since the end of the 1960s, conceptual artist Peter Downsbrough changed the perception about art thoroughly. At the basis of his strong diversified oeuvre, lies a highly distilled, visual vocabulary, which he uses to examine a given space in a very personal and precise manner. In this way, Downsbrough frequently adopts written language in the form of conjunctions, prepositions, verbs and/or pronouns and applies them to walls, floors and ceilings, often in combination with taut lines made of black tape.

Words like ‘as’, ‘if’ or ‘but’ have a double function: on the one hand, they work as iconographic characters, which emphasize and reveal the space, while on the other hand they offer the viewer several possibilities of interpretation. Despite the impersonal nature of the elements, Downsbrough manages to create a very familiar word/image-universe with minimal interventions and a limited vocabulary.

Peter Downsbrough has had several solo exhibitions at international institutions, including Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin; Espace d’art contemporain, Lyon; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź; FRAC, Bourgogne, Dijon; BOZAR, Brussels; MAMCO, Geneva; Wide White Space, Antwerp; and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.

Downsbrough’s work was also included in numerous group exhibitions, such as Friendly Takeover at Marta, Herford; In the Face of Spatial Grandeur, Circuit (curated by Frédéric Chapon) at Centre d’art Contemporain, Lausanne; Less Is More: Pictures, Objects, Concepts from the Collection and the Archives of Herman and Nicole Daled 1966–1978 at Haus der Kunst, Munich; No Comments (curated by Guy Schraenen) at Museu Serralves, Porto; Mamco, Geneva; MACBA, Barcelona; MoMA, New York; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit.

His work is also present in many important collections, including The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Sammlung Marzona, Staatliche Kunstbibliothek zu Berlin; The Tate Gallery Library, London; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque; MACBA, Barcelona; MAMCO, Geneva; and S.MA.K., Ghent.

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Peter Downsbrough

In Situ, 2013 Acier, lettres découpées au laser Lettres : 6 x 50 mm / Bar : 60 cm de long

Edition de 25 ex + 5 AP

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Peter Downsbrough

BUT, 1999 Sérigraphie, encres noire et rouge sur carton ondulé quatre panneaux dans un coffret en bois, 100 x 100 cm

Edition de 8 ex

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Peter Downsbrough

NOW, 1991 Sérigraphie, encre noire sur carton ondulé 4 panneaux, 45 x 45 (chaque)

Edition de 5 ex

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Peter Downsbrough

AS, 2019 GDM

Sculpture en acier, peinture époxy 112,5 × 190 × 125,5 cm Edition de 5 ex + 3 AP

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Peter Downsbrough

AS, 2019 GDM

Sculpture en acier, peinture époxy 112,5 × 190 × 125,5 cm Edition de 5 ex + 3 AP

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Peter Downsbrough

Do-it-yourself wall piece, 1992 Deux tubes, peints en noir, diamétre 19 mm et longueur 75 cm Deux rouleaux de ruban adhésif noir de 19 mm de large et 2,75 cm de long, deux clous et feuille d'installation imprimée dans un étui de transport recouvert de lin 7,5 cm x 82 cm x 13,5 cm Edition de 10 ex + 2 AP

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Peter Downsbrough

Open / Als 1.2007, 2007  Print
60 x 40 cm / 23.62 x 15.75 inch 
Edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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Peter Downsbrough

A Piece for 2 Lines and 3 Letters, 2011 

Sculpture, Mixed Media
Edition of 25 copies, comes with a certificate signed and numbered by the artist