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Burt Barr

In Sextet, New York artist Burt Barr (1938) has assembled three pieces created between 1998 and 2000. Displayed in vertical diptyches, Angel, Rain Piece and August reveal three couples engaged in the game of erotic encounters: the pas de deux of attraction, desire and fulfilment, in which the actions of the protagonists – and the spectator’s observation thereof – appear suspended in an ambiguous tension. Barr, who with August recalls the famous kiss shared by Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity (1953), develops his narrative vignettes from a slowed-down cinematographic rhythm, accentuated by the slow movements witnessed on the accompanying screens.


  1. Burt Barr Sextet, 1998-2000

    Video installation, DVD, black & white projection on 6 screens
    Including : Angel, 2001 ; Rain Piece, 1998 ; August, 1999
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2001

    Photogramms: Galerie Brent Sikkema

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