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If we are dead, so it is Michel Majerus - If we are dead, so it is
Despite the brevity of his life, Michel Majerus left behind a surprisingly extensive oeuvre and this unique book project. Before the book could be published, however, print-quality image material had to be assembled. It was possible to salvage the files on the hard drive of Michel Majerus' computer, but those he had only saved to his desktop were lost in the crash. The publication tries to reconstruct his original design as faithfully as possible.
Michel Majerus' (1967–2002) work combines painting with digital media. His practice drew on works by de Kooning, Ellsworth Kelly, Andy Warhol, and Gerhard Richter in inscribing slogans and comic figures on the dull grays and blacks of a cityscape.
Majerus' paintings were configured as mental as well as physical spaces. They condensed contemporary signs belonging to pop and youth culture, and the desperate attempt of the artist to use his own free will on them. Pop culture icons, such as videogame heroes and the signs and symbols of electronic music, skateboard culture, gadgets, and sneakers, occupied the space.
Edited by Udo Kittelmann, Estate of Michel Majerus.
Text by Udo Kittelmann.
published in 2008
bilingual edition (English / German)
22,9 x 30 cm (softcover)
120 pages (100 color ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-905770-85-8
EAN : 9783905770858
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