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PUBLISHER
Hatje Cantz

BOOK FORMAT
Clothbound, 7 x 9.75 in. / 112 pgs / 45 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Out of print

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2005 p. 130   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9783775715898 TRADE
List Price: $30.00 CDN $35.00

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HATJE CANTZ

MichaŽl Borremans: The Performance

Essays by Partrick T. Murphy, Hans Rudolf Reust and Ziba de Weck Ardalan.

A plastic cap is placed carefully over a prim woman's hair. Three men wearing lab coats bend intensely over an equal number of women, examining their pupils. Two serious, smart women contemplate a white table. A man in a suit and tie smirks lightly while holding pairs of red spheres, perhaps cherries, between his fingers. A middle-aged schoolmarm sketches a windmill on the naked back of a small, brown-haired child. The figures in Micha'l Borremans's enigmatic paintings are for the moment preoccupied with a meticulous task. For how long, one wonders, have they been doing this, and for how long will they continue? The viewer, so accustomed by now to looking at everything quicker and quicker still, cannot help but look ever more deeply into these mesmerizing, puzzling oils. Borremans has caught his subjects in action, totally committed and concentrated, and they demand as much from the viewer. But no matter how close one looks, no real specificity is discernible in the depicted characters; notions of concrete time and place are dissolved in neutral tones of taupe and ochre. The vagueness of their middle-class restraint triggers a world of mildly ironic mystery, worthy of further contemplation.
MichaŽl Borremans: The Performance

STATUS: Out of print | 5/11/2007

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