This is the first monograph on Jean-Luc Blanc's enigmatic “glam” oeuvre. It documents his retrospective exhibition at the CAPC, where Blanc's works have been juxtaposed to those of forty-five historic and contemporary artists as well as to numerous artefacts, antiques, jewels, crystals, curios, and naturalia.
“Jean-Luc Blanc mostly paints portraits. A traditional medium and conventional genre, his relate uneasily to portraiture's genealogy. ... Like phantoms, the people he paints have no corporeality, much less a developed identity; and like actors, his subjects appear ‘in character,' void of self, projecting the lives of others.”
“The only reality is the darkroom of the artist's mind—sensitized by feeling and memory—which develops truth from the minutiae of impressions, to reveal the timeless laws underlying apparent chaos.”