Claude Rutault

Claude Rutault was born in 1941 in Trois-Moutiers, in France. He lives and works near Paris. 
He describes himself as a painter; and indeed, viewing any one of his pieces is uncontroversially an encounter with paint on canvas. Rutault, however, does not paint his pieces himself; and neither is he in the business of overseeing their production on the model of a producer, designer, or director running a factory, studio, or workshop. Instead, the mainspring of Rutault’s practice is the writing and issuing of a set of rules, caveats, instructions and procedures called “de-finition/methods,” according to which a gallery, collector, or institution—known as the “charge-taker”—agrees to “actualize” a given work. The first of these de-finition/methods, created in 1973, provided the germ for the hundreds of unique works to follow.

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  1. transit/extensions

    Claude Rutault
    transit/extensions

    €15.00

    2003
    24 x 17.5 cm, 75 pages
    Le Consortium, Dijon

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  2. claude rutault. Définitions/méthodes, le livre. 1973-2000

    Claude Rutault
    claude rutault. Définitions/méthodes, le livre. 1973-2000

    2000
    24 x 17,2 cm, 638 pages
    Productions flammarion 4, Paris and CCC, Tours

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  3. Peinture suicide # 3 (red)

    Claude Rutault
    Peinture suicide # 3 (red)

    €190.00

    1987
    Red poster
    63 x 48 cm

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  4. Peinture suicide # 4 (blue)

    Claude Rutault
    Peinture suicide # 4 (blue)

    €190.00

    1987
    Blue poster
    63 x 48 cm

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  5. Peinture suicide # 5 (green)

    Claude Rutault
    Peinture suicide # 5 (green)

    €190.00

    1987
    Green poster
    63 x 48 cm

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  6. Album repeint n°3

    Claude Rutault
    Album repeint n°3

    €9,000.00

    Book that has been painted over 
    Original production by Claude Rutault
    Unique copy

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  7. Collection of Four Perfect Vehicles on 43 Canvases

    Claude Rutault & Allan McCollum
    Collection of Four Perfect Vehicles on 43 Canvases

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    Unique piece

    2016
    A Collection of Four Perfect Vehicles by Allan McCollum fixed on a stack of 43 prepared canvases by Claude Rutault
    145 x 58 x 56 cm

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  8. Plaster Surrogates

    Claude Rutault & Allan McCollum
    Plaster Surrogates

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    Unique piece

    2016
    A painted wall and a Collection of Eight Plaster Surrogates by Allan McCollum (1988, enamel on plaster, 23.5 x 161.5 x 2.5 cm) repainted by Claude Rutault as the wall where it hangs, with Pantone reference 3245.
    A Collection of Eight Plaster Surrogates by Allan McCollum (1988, enamel on plaster, 23.5 x 161.5 x 2.5 cm), in front of the wall painted by Claude Rutault.

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