Ecritures 1958-1983

“Ben’s technique is similar to that of Man Ray. Both choose speed of execution, lightning speed, rather than quality. The idea is projected on to the canvas, without any concern for aesthetics. Ben “does more and faster”. He scatters, recovers, wants it all, right away. Too lucid not to constantly question himself, too demanding to let himself be typified.”

Otto Hahn, L’Express, 8 avril 1983 (Trans.)
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The artist

Born in 1935 in Naples, Ben died in 2024 Nice. He began to make a name for himself in 1959 thanks to his ‘hotchpotch shop, a place for meetings and exhibitions.’ One of the founders of the Fluxus movement in the early 1960s, he maintains that everything is art and that everything is possible in art. Ben is a provocative and innovative artist who places the question of ego at the centre of his work. He is best known for his performances and calligraphic aphorisms-texts.

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