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French artist Ben dies by suicide after spouse’s loss of life

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The artist, greatest identified for his painted slogans, has died aged 88. He was related to the Fluxus motion of the Nineteen Sixties that sought to disrupt what counted as artwork, with a method of street-based, provocative irony that proved extremely influential.

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Greatest identified for his ironic painted slogans, French artist Benjamin Vautier, aka “Ben”, died by suicide aged 88, simply hours after the loss of life of his spouse of 60 years, his household stated Wednesday, June 5.

His spouse Annie suffered a stroke on Monday night and died on Wednesday, the couple’s two youngsters, Eva and François, stated in a press release. “Unwilling and unable to dwell with out her, Ben killed himself just a few hours later at their residence” within the French Mediterranean metropolis of Good.

Born in Naples in 1935, Ben moved to Good aged 14 and spent the remainder of his life there. He was related to the Fluxus motion of the Nineteen Sixties that sought to disrupt what counted as artwork, with a method of street-based, provocative irony that proved extremely influential.

“The whole lot is artwork,” he would say, and as an alternative of conventional artworks, he made “gestures”: standing within the window of a gallery and shouting till he misplaced his voice, organizing performs that by no means occurred, or piano recitals the place the pianist would run away. He would signal something he needed, claiming it as his creation: the our bodies of passers-by on the Promenade des Anglais in Good, and even different artists’ work. “My artwork can be an artwork of appropriation. I search to signal all the pieces that has not been signed. I consider that artwork is within the intention and that it is sufficient to signal,” he as soon as stated, as all the time with a smile.

‘Goldsmith of language’

By ignoring the “protected framework of museums” and refusing to see artwork because the fruit of coaching and expertise, Ben irritated some in his personal occupation who thought of him an opportunist and dilettante. However he insisted there was all the time a critical message behind the jokes. “I’m not a cash machine, however a communication machine,” he stated.

He turned greatest identified for his humorous slogans, often painted in white on a black background, in a childlike handwriting: “What’s using artwork?”, “Is the brand new all the time new?”, “What are you doing right here?” They earned him a spot in MoMA in New York in addition to being replicated extensively – on college baggage, notebooks or tram stops in Good.

“On our youngsters’s pencil instances, on so many on a regular basis objects and even in our imaginations, Ben had left his mark, manufactured from freedom and poetry, of obvious lightness and overwhelming depth,” stated French President Emmanuel Macron in a press release. “The world of tradition has misplaced a legend,” added Tradition Minister Rachida Dati, hailing a “goldsmith of language”.

Le Monde with AFP

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