Sign Painting Project

Sign Painting Project

by Francis Alÿs (Artist)




The Belgian-born conceptual painter and artistic interventionist Francis Alÿs developed The Sign Painting Project over a period of four years. He began by painting fairly small canvases depicting people and objects in the flat, brightly-colored manner of billboard advertisements. The artist, who currently lives in Mexico, then asked local sign-painters Juan Garcia, Enrique Huerta and Emilio Rivera to copy and enlarge his paintings. The result of the artists' combined labors is a set of 120 paintings that reveal variations on particular themes and that inevitably provoke questions about collaboration, authorship and originality. This book, which features 300 color plates, is a catalogue raisonné of that project.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783865212900
Publisher: Steidl & Schaulager, Basel
Publication date: 08/15/2010
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Francis Alys was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1959. Trained as an architect, Alys moved to Mexico in 1986 and within a few years had begun to work as a visual artist. Known initially for his paintings, Alys has also become a highly regarded video artist, interventionist and performance artist. His work received a great deal of attention in 2002, when he staged a ceremonial procession commemorating The Museum of Modern Art's move from midtown Manhattan to its temporary home in Long Island City, Queens. Alys has also exhibited work in group exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery, London, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

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