Pale Fires and other Texts
Philippe Thomas
Published by MACBA, Barcelona, 2001, 237 pages (b/w ill.), 13 × 20 cm, English
Price: €18

This edition annotated by Alexis Vaillant includes a substantial selection of the writings that Philippe Thomas published in the course of his career and attributed to collectors of his work or to fictional or real characters, in keeping with the play on identities that was one of the fundamental elements of his artistic practice. The texts and the accompanying notes explore the way reality and fiction become blurred in the ready-mades by this French artist. In 1990, Thomas borrowed the title of a book by Vladimir Nabokov for his exhibition at the CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Feux pâles, in which he fictionalised the authority of the museum and his own identity as an artist by turning his signature on the contract with the museum into the artwork. This is volume seven in the Llibres de recerca series and includes contributions by Marc Blondeau and Jean-Marc Avrilla.

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