Claude Rutault (1941) has had a highly important role in art in France since the 1970s. He is a conceptual artist although Rutault doesn’t see himself as a conceptual artist but as a painter.
Since 1973, Claude Rutault uses a simple method to create new artworks. Definition/Method is a text, describing a procedure that makes it possible to realize a painting by Claude Rutault. Basically, with Rutault, the wall is becoming an integral part of the artwork.
For example, the definition/method 1 of 1973 reads: canvas per unit. a canvas braced on a stretcher, painted the same colour as the wall on which it is hung. can be used standard formats available in the trade, be they rectangular, square, round or oval. hanging arrangement is traditional.
The identity of the canvas colour with the wall has led to development of a corpus of over 300 definitions/methods. Artworks from Claude Rutault are visible at Galerie Perrotin in Paris.
I really love the simplicity of his work, visually, but also 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.