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Thomas Demand by Roxana Marcoci
Book DescriptionThe German artist Thomas Demand occupies a singular position in the world of photography. Initially a sculptor, he took up photography to record the ephemeral constructions he made out of paper. In 1993, he turned the tables, henceforth making constructions only in order to photograph them. Demand begins by translating a pre-existing image, usually culled from the media, into a life-size model he makes out of coloured paper and cardboard. He re-creates a room, a parking lot, a staircase, or a fluorescent light fixture; then he photographs a model and destroys it. Demand's photographs look at once compellingly real and strangely artificial. Since their subjects - handcrafted facsimiles of both architectural spaces and natural environments - are themselves built in the image of other images, the photographs are three times removed from the scenes they seem to depict. Combining craftsmanship and conceptualism in equal parts, Demand pushes the medium of photography towards uncharted frontiers. Given the cinematic quality of many of his photographs, it is not surprising that he has set some of them in motion, producing five 3mm films. This comprehensive publication presents all of Demand's major works from 1993 to the present. It includes previously unpublished archival documentation, offering unprecedented insight into his working process and the stories behind his pictures.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780870700804
(249mm x 326mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Museum of Modern Art
Publisher: Museum of Modern Art
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Roxana Marcoci
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The Museum of Modern Art has one of the greatest collections of twentieth-century photography in the world. This publication comprises a catalogue of post-1960s and a perspective on the artists working with the photographic medium of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires, Hardback (May 2015)
Explores the individual accomplishments and parallel developments of two of the foremost practitioners of avantgarde photography in Europe and Latin America. This book traces their artistic development from the early 1930s, when the two met in Berlin at the Bauhaus. It also examines the careers of these two influential artists.
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A feminist, activist, video and performance pioneer, Sanja Ivekovic (born Zagreb, 1949) produced works of crosscultural resonance that range from Conceptual photomontages to video, installation and performance. This title presents an overview of the artist's projects from the early 1970s to 2010 in various mediums.
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Author Biography - Roxana Marcoci
Roxana Marcoci is an Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art. Jeffrey Eugenides is the acclaimed author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides.
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