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a Handful of Dust

Author: David Campany

Publishers: Mack Books - LE BAL

Co-published by LE BAL and MACK on the occasion of the exhibition in 2015, A Handful of Dust is a theoretical approach of the last century, and a visual journey through some of his most unlikely images.

In 1922, a small French avant-garde magazine published a photograph of a glass plate covered in dust. Man Ray is the photographer and the glass is by Marcel Duchamp. The first title was "Vue prise en aéroplane" (Literature, 1922) and then "Élevage de poussière" (The Green Box, 1934). It is abstract, it is realistic. It is a work of art, it is a document. It is revolting and fascinating. But it’s also multiple ways of reading works that came after it: the exploration of time, the encounter with chance, spatial indeterminacy, the ambivalence of origins, the coincidence between photography, sculpture and performance, the formal and the informal, the infinitely distant and the infinitely large.

Completely sold out, this sought after book presents all the exhibited works (Man Ray, John Divola, Sophie Ristelhueber, Mona Kuhn, Xavier Ribas, Nick Waplington, Edward Ruscha, Jeff Wall and many others) as well as texts by curator David Campany.

Publication date:2015
Number of pages: 232 pages
Number of images: 180 images
Weight: 841 g.
Dimensions: 20 × 24 cm
Language:French or English
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