A new essay by curator and publisher Mathieu Copeland about Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux's reinvention of Allan Kaprow's environment The Apple Shrine and considering, more generally, the themes of reinvention in art and the exhibition form.
In collaboration with the author, the publisher has chosen to illustrate all the fields he evokes—music as well as art, and the different registers of culture (popular, high, etc.). These images which lead the reader freely in and out of the book are ordered by a kind of mental association, going from anadiplosis to dorica castra, two figures of style that Copeland uses in his essay. The text assembles these varied sources as they occur in the author's writing.
The “Affinities” collection of books accompanies the eponymous series of exhibitions held at the gallery Loevenbruck in Paris, France, from April 2017 to January 2018, each of which brought together for the first time works—whether historical or contemporary—by two artists of different cultures or eras. The authors of the essays we have published and illustrated were chosen for the link between their own work and the theme of the exhibition.