This artist book, designed by internationally acclaimed artist Paul Chan, brings together for the first time drawings, writings, and fonts he created for “Sade for Sade’s sake”, his monumental project that premiered at the 2009 Venice Biennale.
This enhanced ebook includes video clips and never before seen drawings and images. It also features writings by Chan that explore the main ideas behind his project.
Using the work of the philosopher Marquis de Sade (1740–1814) as a departure point, Sade for Sade’s sake is a five-hour-and-forty-five-minute video projection as well as a constellation of other works that together evoke the spirit of Sade’s radical critique of freedom and reason for the 21st century.
This ebook features:
- Over 180 artworks, including never before see drawings and source materials.
- 4 video clips from sections of the video projection “Sade for Sade’s sake” shown in November 2009 at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York - Never before published poems and writings by Chan
- An interactive table of contents for easy browsing
Internationally acclaimed artist Paul Chan lives and works in New York.. His work has been exhibited widely in many international shows including: Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009; Medium Religion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Traces du sacrê, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008; 16th Biennale of Sydney, 2008; 10th International Istanbul Biennial, 2007; and Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include: My laws are my whores, Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2009; Paul Chan: Three Easy Pieces, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2008; Paul Chan: The 7 Lights, Serpentine Gallery, London, and New Museum, New York, 2007–2008; Paul Chan—Lights and Drawings, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. In 2007, Chan collaborated with the Classical Theatre of Harlem and Creative Time to produce a site-specific outdoor presentation of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot in New Orleans. Chan’s essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, October, Tate etc, Parkett, Texte Zur Kunst, Bomb, and other magazines and journals.
A completely unique ebook from a contemporary artist
I've been a fan of Paul Chan's work online and at museums like MoMA and the New Museum. When I heard that somebody was publishing his work as ebooks, I had to make the leap and get it.
This book is very interesting. It's not like a regular book about an artist where their works and career are summarized. It concentrates on a body of work he made for the Venice Biennale. It's supposedly about the Marquis de Sade, but it's hard to tell that beyond the images of shadows doing dirty things. Still, the book unfolds nicely, combining images of drawings and stills from the videos and some writings that are, as they say, for adults only.
The best part are the videos. This ebook plays full screen videos! How cool is that! Clips from the video piece. I haven't gotten an ebook with video before so but I look forward to more artist ebooks with more audio/video content.
The table of contents is intense and a bit hard to navigate. But then there are over 180 images in this thing. Hard to believe it's all in this ebook.