Thomas Demand — MoMA New York 2005, SIGNED COPY

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In 2006, in order to realize the photographic work Grotto, Thomas Demand used a postcard as his starting point in recreating a grotto located on the island Maiorca. Employing 30 tons of grey cardboard, shaped with the help of a computer and laid out to form a stratification with 900,000 sections, the artist recreated the rock chamber, stalactites and stalagmites displayed on the postcard in order to photograph the work.

For the opening of Fondazione Prada’s new venue, this grotto motif returns as Processo grottesco (Grotesque Process), for which Demand sets documentary materials including postcards, books, tour guides, catalogue illustrations, various advertisements and the massive reconstruction of the Spanish grotto alongside the photograph Grotto. In this manner, the artist allows visitors to explore the creative process that led to the realization of the photograph, opening a window onto the way the artwork has been transformed over the course of time through continuous investigation. The grotto theme is a recurring subject in the history of art and architecture, and implies a provocative, bizarre approach, typical of painting techniques of the 1500s known as ‘grottesca’ (grotesque).

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Roxana Marcoci & Jeffrey Eugenides:. Thomas Demand (MoMA New York 2005) – SIGNED COPY. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2005. Oblong quarto in publishers hardcover, no jacket as issued.144pp. Incl. Exhibition list, bibliography and index. Illustrated with full-page color plates of Demand’s photographs, printed on one side only. Text in English. Foreword by Glenn D. Lowry. Essay by Roxana Marocci and with the short story “Photographic Memory” by Jeffrey Eugenides. Minor edgewear to cover else a very good copy

First edition. SIGNED IN HAND BY THOMAS DEMAND to half title

“Thomas Demand occupies a singular position in the world of photography. Initially a sculptor, he took up photography to record the ephemeral constructions he made out of paper. In 1993, he turned the tables, henceforth making constructions only in order to photograph them. Demand begins by translating a pre-existing image, usually culled from the media, into a life-size model he makes out of coloured paper and cardboard. He re-creates a room, a parking lot, a staircase, or a fluorescent light fixture; then he photographs a model and destroys it. Demand’s photographs look 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 seem to depict. Combining craftsmanship and conceptualism in equal parts, Demand pushes the medium of photography towards uncharted frontiers. Given the cinematic quality of many of his photographs, it is not surprising that he has set some of them in motion, producing five 3mm films. This comprehensive publication presents all of Demand’s major works from 1993 to the present. It includes previously unpublished archival documentation, offering unprecedented insight into his working process and the stories behind his pictures. This publication presents all of Demand’s major works from 1993 to the present. It includes previously unpublished writings, and offers insights into his working process and the stories behind his images and films” – A rare autographed copy!

Thomas Demand — MoMA New York 2005, SIGNED COPY