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Bertrand Lavier, ‘Empress of India II’, 2005, Fondation Louis Vuitton
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Bertrand Lavier

Empress of India II, 2005

Neon tubes
77 1/5 × 228 3/10 in
196 × 580 cm
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Fondation Louis Vuitton
Paris

Collection: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Collection: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

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Photo: Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage © ADAGP, Paris
Bertrand Lavier
French, b. 1949
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As a seminal figure in the movement toward appropriation art in the 1980s and 1990s, Bertrand Lavier is perhaps best known for his readymades, created by covering everyday industrial objects such as refrigerators, tables, pianos, and furniture with an impasto layer of paint. He appropriates ubiquitous objects and images in order to reposition them as elements in a strategic critique of consumerism, deeply entrenched visual habits, and art institutions. Fiercely critical of the fetishization of the art object, Lavier considers his work only fully realized as an exhibition—as a constellation of works that generate meaning exclusively through their interrelationships.

Bertrand Lavier, ‘Empress of India II’, 2005, Fondation Louis Vuitton
Bertrand Lavier, ‘Empress of India II’, 2005, Fondation Louis Vuitton
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About the work
Exhibition history
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Paris

Collection: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Collection: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Medium
Sculpture
Image rights
Photo: Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage © ADAGP, Paris
Bertrand Lavier
French, b. 1949
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As a seminal figure in the movement toward appropriation art in the 1980s and 1990s, Bertrand Lavier is perhaps best known for his readymades, created by covering everyday industrial objects such as refrigerators, tables, pianos, and furniture with an impasto layer of paint. He appropriates ubiquitous objects and images in order to reposition them as elements in a strategic critique of consumerism, deeply entrenched visual habits, and art institutions. Fiercely critical of the fetishization of the art object, Lavier considers his work only fully realized as an exhibition—as a constellation of works that generate meaning exclusively through their interrelationships.

Bertrand Lavier

Empress of India II, 2005

Neon tubes
77 1/5 × 228 3/10 in
196 × 580 cm
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