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Exquisite Pain

Sophie Calle

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ISBN 10: 0500511985 / ISBN 13: 9780500511985
Published by Thames and Hudson, London, 2004
Condition: As New Hardcover
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281[1]pp. An artist book, bound in gray silk with titling in metallic red, and a blind-stamped image of a telephone on the front. The edges are the same startling metallic red as the titling. Sophie Calle, a Parisian artist known for her explorations of intimate lives, tells with many photographs the story of a journey to Tokyo, her message from a jilting lover, her pain, and other peoples' pain. As new. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 006930

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Title: Exquisite Pain

Publisher: Thames and Hudson, London

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued.

Edition: First Edition in English.

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A poignant visual record of the obsessive nature of failed love by a leading French contemporary artist. Over the last two decades, Sophie Calle has made it her business to follow, peek into, and illuminate the lives of people she barely knows. In Exquisite Pain, Calle turns her attention to a life-changing experience from her own past. This book is a visual record of the time in 1985 when a lover failed to meet Calle as promised in a hotel in New Delhi. Calle was devastated. As always, she kept everything from that journeyphotographs, ticket stubs, visas, and letterseach image rubber-stamped to mark the countdown to the fateful day of her heartbreak. On her return to Paris, she asked a group of friends to answer the question, "When did you most suffer?" Their stories of pain, each of them accompanied by a photograph, interplay with Calle's own story and daily reflections"It is now seventy-five days since the man I love left me"creating a testament to the heartache of romantic rejection. 130 illustrations, 71 in color.

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Sophie Calle was born in Paris in 1953. Since the 1980s, her installations have received international recognition at galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Tate in London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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