Daniel Arsham: Paris, 3020
Daniel Arsham revisits the masterpieces of classical antiquity: continuing his fictional archaeological approach, the American artist offers a reflection on our relationship with time through his re-appropriation of the Venus de Milo, the Helmeted Athena and Michelangelo's Seated Moses.
To create this new group of sculptures, the artist Daniel Arsham drew on the vast collection of moulds produced by the RMN - Grand Palais Art Workshops. Using moulds from the collections of the Louvre and other institutions throughout France, the artist's studio team collaborated with the RMN statuary sculptors in the execution of the works. This book presents a new set of sculptures by the artist, and the different stages of their production. It is accompanied by a text by Ludovic Laugier and an interview with the artist by Ludovic Laugier.
Published following the exhibition of the same name at the Galerie Perrotin, Paris, from 11 January to 13 March 2020.
The aesthetics of Daniel Arsham (born in 1980 in Cleveland, lives and works in New York) are based on his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallizes spaces and situations that correspond to an ambiguous in-between time, and stages what he describes as the future relics of the present. These eroded casts of modern objects and contemporary human figures are skilfully made from geological materials such as sand, selenite or volcanic ash, so that they appear to have been recently discovered after centuries of burial. Iconic, most of the objects he transforms into stone refer to the 20th century or the turn of the millennium, at a time of unprecedented acceleration of technological obsolescence and digital dematerialization. While the present, the future and the past are poetically combined in his tormented and playful visions, between romanticism and pop art, Daniel Arsham experiences the timelessness of certain symbols and intercultural gestures
Edited by Raphaëlle Pinoncély.
Text from Daniel Arsham and Ludovic Laugier.
16.8 x 24 cm