Claude Rutault is a French both minimalist and conceptual artist, best known for the original way of expression he created and titled definition-method, which is basically a manual how to create-update his art piece.
He was born in Trois-Moutiers, France and had a highly important role in art in France since the 1970s. Starting in 1973, Claude Rutault uses a simple method to create new artworks. That year Rutault began repainting the walls of his kitchen and covered at the same time a small painting he had left there by mistake. That event revealed him that the canvas and wall were cohabiting in a relationship that is far from neutral and it would be interesting to explore. Basically, what he did is made the wall an integral part of the artwork. Rutauld created a definition- method explanation, a text that forms the instructions of an evolving work that should be ‘updated’ by its ‘taker’ (collector, museum…). As he instructs, canvas should be braced on a stretcher, painted the same color as the wall on which it is hung. The rule is to use standard formats available in the trade, be they rectangular, square, round or oval. Hanging arrangement is traditional. The identity of the canvas color with the wall has led to the development of a corpus of over 300 definitions/methods.
In an absolute gesture, all of Rutault’s paintings prior to 1973 have been entirely repainted following that principle. The artist has broken away from the strict color identity between the canvas and the wall by taking his paintings away from the wall: canvases are stacked, placed on the floor or up against the walls…
The simplicity of his work goes together with his formulation and critical analysis of the art world, founded on the social operation between the work and the artist, their gallery, the collector, the museum and the auction house.
Exposition – suicide was Claude Rutault’s first solo exhibition at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. On display were 23 works, both historical works from the 1970s in particular as well as nine new works. The main idea was to take down all the exhibits at the end of the first day of the exhibition: buyer would take immediate possession of those canvases that were purchased, and all the others would be immediately destroyed, on the spot.
Despite the fact that the majority of the art world would define Rutault to be a conceptual artist, he doesn’t see himself as such but always as a painter.
Claude Rutault’s work can be found in numerous public collections such as the SMAK Stedelijk Museum; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain Genève.
He lives and works in La Celle St Cloud, France.
Featured image: Claude Rutault – de-finition/method the accursed stack / dé-finition/méthode “la pile maudite”, 2010. 6 stacks of 10 painted canvases. Photo courtesy Perrotin
|2014||Rutault||Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin - New York , New York City, NY||Solo|
|2014||The Wall The collection Antoine de Galbert||La Maison Rouge , Paris||Group|
|2014||Bonnard's Syndrome - Villa Park||Centre for Contemporary Art , Annemasse||Group|
|2013||Rutault - News Of Painting||Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin - Paris , Paris||Solo|
|2013||Works From The Collection 20 Years Philippe Cohen D 'acquisitions - Passage de Retz , Paris||Group|
|2013||Theater in the world||La Maison Rouge , Paris||Group|
|2013||Stories endless cycle, fall-winter 2013-2014 sequence||Mamco - modern and contemporary art museum , Geneva||Group|
|2013||Their time 4: Nantes||Art Center Hangar at Bananas - The Hab , Nantes||Group|
|2013||A hardware tradition||FRAC Poitou-Charentes - Angoulême , Angoulême||Group|
|2013||BABE - The Best Books Artists and Editors||Immanence, a contemporary art space , Paris||Group|
|2013||Bonjour Monsieur Matisse! Meeting (s)||MAMAC - Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary d`Art Nice , Nice||Group|
|2013||An exhibition without texts. Suite for exposure (s) and publication (s), second movement||Art House Anthonioz Bernard , Nogent sur Marne||Group|
|2012||If I 'Had a Hammer …||Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes , Nantes||Group|
|2012||Sunset||FRAC Poitou-Charentes - Linazay , Linazay||Group|
|2012||To remember that the walls||Aline Vidal Gallery , Paris||Group|
|2012||L 'love of risk||MSU - Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb , Zagreb||Group|
|2012||Theatre Of The World||Mona - Museum of Old and New Art , Hobart, TAS||Group|
|2011||Exposure suicide||Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin - Paris , Paris||Solo|
|2011||On Opening Exhibition||The Consortium , Dijon||Group|
|2011||Walls 's house||Workshop Cantoisel , Joigny||Group|
|2010||Punctuality||Guy Ledune , Brussels||Solo|
|2010||We Will not Grow Old Together||Gallery multiple - GDM , Paris||Group|
|2010||Portrait of the artist Motorcyclist, The CNAC Store, Grenoble||Museum of Fine Arts La Chaux-de-Fonds , La Chaux-de-Fonds||Group|
|2009||Painting the view is not enough||Marion Meyer Contemporain , Paris||Solo|
|2009||Rutault - The Hollow hell||Contemporary art center , Thiers||Solo|
|2009||The Myth of Monochrome||Area of concrete art , Mouans Sartoux||Group|
|2009||Portrait of the Artist as a motorcyclist||STORE - National Contemporary Art Center of Grenoble , Grenoble||Group|
|2009||3rd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art||Moscow Biennale of contemporary art , Moscow||Group|
|2009||We Will not Grow Old Together||Marion Meyer Contemporain , Paris||Group|
|2009||François Morellet & Rutault||Galerie Jean Brolly , Paris||Group|
|2008||Rutault||Angle Contemporary Art, Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux||Solo|
|2008||BREAK AND HERITAGES (the 70's)||Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium , Brussels||Group|
|2008||look at all your eyes look||Museum of Fine Arts in Nantes , Nantes||Group|
|2006||Rutault. As if I was dead||Galerie Catherine Issert , Saint-Paul de Vence||Solo|
|2006||Rutault - (p) Repairs||MAMCO - Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary , Geneva||Solo|
|2003||Rutault: Seasons||Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy , Nancy||Solo|
|2002||Rutault - The Painting in the Saami color as the wall is qui it is hung||Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst , Oslo||Solo|
|2002||Rutault - Untitled Provisionally||Galerie Jean Brolly , Paris||Solo|
|1999||Rutault - Just a clarification||Martine and Thibault Châtre Gallery , Paris||Solo|