Robert Barry

Art Lovers

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Each plate of this unbound book superimposes two layers: a photographic portrait taken by the artist himself and a word outline cut into a black surface. The portrait is covered by the black layer and the frame of shape of the word creates a fragmented portrait seen through a keyhole. In Art Lovers, there is a great mystery and obscurity by the indistinguishable, vague elements. It is up to the viewer to infer their subjects and reconstitute the portraits based on sparse and vague elements. The 31 “Art Lovers” in question were photographed by Robert Barry himself. 

72 pages, 27.6 x 27.6 cm
Slipcase, 28.8 x 28.8 x 2.5 cm
Limited edition of 270 numbered copies and 30 artist’s proofs
Produced and published in 2006 by mfc-michèle didier
©2006 Robert Barry and mfc-michèle didier

Collections :

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
New York Public Library, New York
Bibliothèque Kandinsky, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse
S.M.A.K., Gent
Museée royal de Mariemont, Morlanwel

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