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Voids. A Retrospective is a paradoxical exhibition: by re-actualizing nine “empty exhibitions,” it is simultaneously an experimental project that refuses the classic rules of the visual arts and an historical object which confronts the projects of Art & Language, Robert Barry, Stanley Brouwn, Maria Eichhorn, Bethan Huws, Robert Irwin, Yves Klein, Roman Ondák, and Laurie Parsons.
At once the support and an extension of the event, this publication outlines the concept of the void in art, aesthetics, philosophy, religion, science, popular culture, architecture, and music, and broaches the subject of nothing, of vacuity, of the invisible and the ineffable, of rejection and destruction.
Opening with a catalogue section that documents the nine selected historical and contemporary exhibitions, the publication also contains an anthology of more than forty texts, many published here for the first time, as well as contributions by artists created especially for this volume.
Essays by Benjamin Buchloh, Jean-François Chevrier, Stuart Comer, Lucy Lippard, Bob Nickas, Brian O'Doherty, Sadie Plant, Ralph Rugoff, Jon Savage, and Sarah Wilson thus intersect with interviews conducted with Robert Barry, Morgan Fisher, Claude Parent, and Jacques Villeglé, and the propositions of Peter Downsbrough, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Wade Guyton, Hans Haacke, Sherrie Levine, Malcolm McLaren, Olivier Mosset, Yoko Ono, Sturtevant, and Lawrence Weiner.
Through the rich documentation, as well as the texts by specialists on the subject, this book proposes an evaluation of the origins, the mechanisms, and the resonances of this major artistic gesture consisting of emptying the exhibition space rather than filling it.
Published for the exhibition at Centre Pompidou, Paris, curated by Laurent Le Bon, John Armleder, Mathieu Copeland, Gustav Metzger, Mai-Thu Perret, and Clive Phillpot, February - March, 2009.

Awarded: “Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2009” / bronze medal at Best Book Design from all over the World.
Edited by John Armleder, Mathieu Copeland, Gustav Metzger, Mai-Thu Perret, Clive Phillpot.
Texts by Jean-François Chevrier, Jon Hendricks, Lucy Lippard, Bernard Marcadé, Sadie Plant...

Published with the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Kunsthalle Bern.
published in 2009
English edition
21,5 x 28 cm (hardcover, cloth binding)
448 pages (96 color & 267 b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-3-03764-036-4
EAN : 9783037640364
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