New Jersey native Peter Downsbrough is a major figure of the conceptual art world. He now lives in Brussels. Downsbrough began by studying architecture but soon turned his attention to sculpture. This transition represented his first change of medium. He then began to gather photographs, postcards and notes into books, which he then exhibited. He also made films, like pieces of papers scribbled over with deep black and satin whites that echoed the architecture of his photography, and transferred it to this travelogues. This black, thick like charcoal, and the white the artist called “the elegant calm.”
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