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Thomas Demand (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea)

Publisher: Milano (Milan): Skira editore, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Soft cover
ISBN: 8884914310
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 101917



First edition, first printing. Photographically illustrated matte laminated wrappers. Photographs by Thomas Demand. Essay (in Italian and English) by Marcella Beccaria. Includes a list of works, biography and exhibition history (in Italian and English). 56 pp., with 24 four-color illustrations, several full-bleed and two-page plates. 11 x 6-3/4 inches. Published on the occasion of the 2002-2003 exhibition Thomas Demand at the Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea. Out of print.


New in publisher's shrink-wrap.


Thomas Demand is one of the most important and relevant contemporary artists working today. Demand's starting point is usually an image culled from the mass media, off the Internet, or a low-resolution image discovered in a newspaper or other source during his research. Oftentimes, the picture has become iconic or representative in some way of an important historical, political or cultural event. He then painstakingly creates by hand, over the course of weeks or even months, a full-size (1:1) sculptural model from colored paper and cardboard. The paper model, in which he deliberately excludes certain specific details, and emphasizes various elements and graphic forms important to the original source image, is then photographed by Demand. This photograph is the final work of art and the paper-model is then destroyed and recycled ("Grotte / Grotto, 2006" is only existing original paper sculpture).

Demand's large-scale photographs deal with our relationship to media in general, and photography in particular. The confluence of memory, individual interpretations and readings, collective meanings associated with significant events, are all examined. His process -- from source material and research, to the meticulous sculptural interpretation, to the final photographic work -- adds to his multi-layered examination of visual representation, as well as the problematic "indexical" nature of photography.

From the publisher: "Thomas Demand has received widespread recognition for photography characterized by a continuous shifting between reality and fiction. Photography, sculpture and architecture are combined in his works, often as life-size cardboard models, arranged as a complex passage that leads from the three dimensions to the photograph. These Demand photographs cataloged for his 2002-03 exhibit at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy are ambiguous screens at the boundary between abstraction and detail, between formal materiality and two-dimensional illusion. Entering Demand's images is easy; what is difficult here is finding one's way out."