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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Homevision
  • VHS Release Date: June 16, 2000
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780019318
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,459 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Discover the provocative world of internationally acclaimed French artist Christian Boltanski. This program centers on an interview with this enigmatic man, whose art--created from secondhand objects--deals explicitly in death.

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Discover the provocative world of internationally acclaimed French artist Christian Boltanski. His art, which deals explicitly in death, is created from photos and other human relics, the stuff of junk shops and rummage sales. It reveals how any object can become evidence for a whole life. In this program, a fascinating interview with Boltanski sheds light on the enigmatic artist's personal history. Born in Paris in 1944 to a Corsican mother and a Jewish father, Boltanski was raised a Catholic. During the German Occupation, his father was hidden beneath the floorboards of the family home. Many of Boltanski's installations invoke the memory of the Holocaust. The program also shows Boltanski at work, searching for materials, teaching at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, and visiting his own exhibitions.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have extensively researched Christian Boltanski and would highly recommend this wonderful book. It reads like an exhibition. Five stars *****
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best monographs I've read. Often I get books an an aritst I like, and can't get through the awful text, I end up just looking at the pictures. The text in this book adds so much to my understanding of the work, by detailing the progression of his ideas through the years, and clearly describing the installations. The writing is very clear, I found myself reading it as if it were a novel.
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Format: Paperback
I saw his exhibit in Paris a few years ago and I was intrigued about this artist.This book will give more explanation on his work and why he does it. Some of the writing can be too academic and hard to understand. There's an interview with Boltanski which I loved. He's very opinionated and an interesting artist. There's not much info on him on the internet so I'm really glad that was made.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
A good book on an excellent artist. Why, then, only 8 / 10 ? Because the authors/contributors do not deal in-deep with certain AMBIGUITIES in Boltanski's life and art. Everybody always focusses on the quote >official< unquote biography and bibliography of Boltanski (e.g. in Lessons of Darkness). But CB himself is constantly re-arranging and reconstituting these 'facts'. Critics and curators, though, always seem to take the information for granted.
I think that CB plays a game with us, and that (t)his game is a very important part of his oeuvre. As such it should be properly documented and studied.
Han Geers
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