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Francis Alys

Alys, Francis

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ISBN 10: 0714843210 / ISBN 13: 9780714843216
Published by Phaidon Press, London ; New York, NY, 2007
Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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158 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to wrappers. Record # 458904. Bookseller Inventory # 458904

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Title: Francis Alys

Publisher: Phaidon Press, London ; New York, NY

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: None

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1997 Belgian artist Francis Alys (b. 1959) created a performance work called The Loop for InSITE, a biennial group exhibition held in Tijuana, Mexico. Addressing the idea of international borders and the contemporary ease/unease of global travel, Alys' contribution was a journey that started in Tijuana and ended in the nearby border town of San Diego - never, however, crossing the Mexico-U.S. border. The artist instead took the long way, skirting the Pacific rim from Mexico to Panama, Sydney, Bangkok, Vancouver, Los Angeles and finally San Diego. The Loop took Alys one month and five days rather a few minutes - an absurd journey that called attention to Mexico and America's fraught attitudes to their shared border. Francis Alys often employs the basic human activity of walking to create performances, photo documentation, videos, slide projections and paintings.

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 began 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 P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York.

Medina is a critic and art historian. He is a regular contributor to international art publications.

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