2014 July: Henry Moore Institute Hanging

I’m sitting in the research library of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds. This is a wonderful place. The collections here specialise in sculpture, both ancient and modern, but there are also books and journals on art theory and contemporary art in other areas of fine art too. They also have audio and video material. I am going to spend a couple of hours reviewing the journals and below I’ll write some notes.

 

Art Monthly, June 2014

Interview with Lorna Simpson who collected a series of photos taken by people in photo booths from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. She was interested in how people become their own audience in the instance they take the photo, and pose in a specific manner, revealing how they desire to be perceived. Amélie’s boyfriend-to-be has a similar hobby in the movie Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulin by Jean Pierre Jeunet, but I like the latter idea better because he collects the photos stuck or left behind by people in the booths. I like this collection better perhaps because it reveals what turned out to be ‘off’ about the photos for them to be discarded. I like how these precious photos are not “stolen” (as is my impression with Simpson) , but carelessly shed by the people who took them, like an unsatisfactory or old skin.

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Lorna Simpson
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Nino Quincampoix’s Photo Album, from Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain

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