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Thomas Demand: Nationalgalerie Hardcover – October, 2009

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About the Author

Francesco Bonami is a curator, writer and critic. He is also the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Thomas Demand was born in Munich in 1964. He studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Munich, the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, the Cite des Arts, Paris, and Goldsmiths College, London. Demand begins by translating a preexisting image, usually culled from the media, into a life-size model he makes out of colored paper and cardboard. He recreates a room, a parking lot, a staircase, a landscape--then he photographs the model and destroys it. Demand's photographs appear at once compellingly real and strangely artificial. Since their subjects--handcrafted facsimiles of both architectural spaces and natural environments--are themselves built in the image of other images, the photographs are three times removed from the scenes they seek to depict. Combining craftsmanship and conceptualism in equal parts, Demand pushes the medium of photography toward uncharted frontiers. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: SteidlMACK (October 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865219411
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865219411
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 11.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,833,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you are unfamiliar with Thomas Demand's work it's almost a shame to say something before you look at his work. He works with paper (and I think other materials sometimes) to create scenes that look real. For example, one of his pieces is a simple view of a house looking through tree leaves, but you realize the entire scene is created from cut out paper. Quite amazing.

This hardback book accompanies the exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 2005. There is no dust cover and the work is gorgeously reproduced on nice paper stock.

The book is divided into the following chapters:

Foreword - Glenn D. Lowry
Acknowledgements
Paper Moon - Roxana Marcoci
Photographic Memory - Jeffrey Eugenides
The Photographs
The Films
Exhibitions and Selected Bibliography

I am interested in dioramas, toy theatres, miniature set design (e.g. Gerry Anderson productions) etc. and I can imagine this title and Demand's work would be of interest to many creative types for a variety of reasons.

Highly recommended.
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