SIMON, TARYN

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HATJE CANTZ

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Clth, 7.75 x 11.5 in. / 440 pgs / 196 color.

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PUB DATE 12/31/2013
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Using 007 as a case study, Taryn Simon considers the formulation of fantasy.

  

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Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies

Published by Hatje Cantz
Text by Daniel Baumann, et al.

In 1936, an ornithologist called James Bond released the definitive taxonomy of birds found in the Caribbean, titled Birds of the West Indies. Ian Fleming, an active bird watcher living in Jamaica, subsequently appropriated the name for his novel’s lead character. This co-opting of names was the first in a series of substitutions that would become central to the construction of the James Bond narrative. In a meticulous and comprehensive dissection of the Bond films, artist Taryn Simon inventoried women, weapons and vehicles, constant elements in the films between 1962 and 2012. The contents of these categories function as essential accessories to the narrative’s myth of the seductive, powerful and invincible western male. Maintaining the illusion the narrative relies upon––an ageless Bond, state-of-the-art weaponry, herculean vehicles and desirable women––requires constant replacements, and a contract exists between Bond and the viewer, which binds the narrative to that set of expectations. Continually satisfying those obligations allowed Bond to become a ubiquitous brand, a signifier to be activated with each subsequent novel and film. In Birds of the West Indies, Simon presents a visual database of interchangeable variables used in the production of fantasy, through which she examines the economic and emotional value generated by their repetition.
Taryn Simon was born in New York in 1975. She is a graduate of Brown University and a Guggenheim Fellow. Her photographs and writing have been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2012); Tate Modern, London (2011); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2011); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007) and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2003). In 2011 her work was included in the 54th Venice Biennale.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

WSJ.

Jen Renzi

American artist Taryn Simon has won acclaim by using photography to document scenes usually kept hidden from the public eye, like confiscated items at JFK Airport or the CIA's art collection. Her latest book, Birds of the West Indies (Hatje Cantz Verlag), takes on a much more familiar subject: the women, weapons and cars of the James Bond film franchise. " I wanted to look at the accessories that helped construct the powerful Western male fantasy in these films," says Simon.

TIME

Aaron Schuman

Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies serves as a meticulous and mesmerizing meditation on materialism, masculinity and geopolitical movements over the course of the last fifty years, via the vehicles, weapons, and women that have featured in Bond films during the same period of time.

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Taryn Simon often operates as a kind of archivist, collecting, labeling and indexing a particular subject. In the past she has photographed a week's worth of objects seized from travelers at JFK airport, which resulted in the book Contraband. Her best known work to date is An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, recently reprinted by Hatje Cantz, in which Simon records locations or objects of particular significance to American history and mythology-places and things normally inaccessible or unknown to the public. These range from radioactive capsules at a nuclear waste storage facility to the CIA's art collection.
In Birds of West Indies, Simon examines the James Bond movies, creating an index of their recurrent motifs under four subjects: Women, Weapons, Characters and Cars. An explanation of the title is in order: Ian Fleming, author of the Bond books, was an avid bird watcher, and Bond himself is named after a famous ornithologist who wrote a book called Birds of the West Indies, published in the 1930s. Fleming said of the name: "It struck me that this brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet very masculine name was just what I needed, and so a second James Bond was born."
It turns out that this is just one of one of many appropriations Fleming made within the 007 Spy novels and films. Others examples are: Goldfinger, who was named after the British architect Ern? Goldfinger, whose work Fleming loathed; Sir Hugo Drax, the villain in Moonraker, named after Fleming's acquaintance Admiral Sir Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax; and Krebs, Drax's assistant, named after Hitler's last Chief of Staff.
Simon's books receive a great deal of press (in the photobook world and beyond), and this latest development in her exploration of image taxonomies, with its strong pop-culture flavor, is sure to follow suit.
--Avery Lozada

 

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Taryn Simon: Contraband

TARYN SIMON: CONTRABAND

Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775739719 | US $75.00

Pub Date: 6/30/2015
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Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies

TARYN SIMON: BIRDS OF THE WEST INDIES

Text by Daniel Baumann, et al.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775736633 | US $85.00

Pub Date: 12/31/2013
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Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar

TARYN SIMON: AN AMERICAN INDEX OF THE HIDDEN AND UNFAMILIAR

Text by Ronald Dworkin, Tina Kukielski, Salman Rushdie, Elisabeth Sussman.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775735063 | US $85.00

Pub Date: 7/31/2013
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Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

TARYN SIMON: A LIVING MAN DECLARED DEAD AND OTHER CHAPTERS

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ISBN: 9781907946059 | US $300.00

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