The Essential and Incomplete Sade for Sade's Sake

by Paul Chan



"Offers a complex, endlessly shifting engagement with the erotic and the violent, the banal and the political"

—Idiom Magazine

This artist book, designed by 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 unique media rich ebook includes video clips and never before seen drawings and images. It also features writings by Chan that explores 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.

The Sade ebook features:
- Including never before seen drawings and source materials.
- 4 video clips from sections of the video projection (iPad version only)
- Never before published poems and writings by Chan
- An interactive table of contents for easy browsing


ISBN: 9781936440009

Ebook ISBN: 9781936440016

240 pages

8.5 X 11 in


Paul Chan

Paul Chan is an artist who lives in New York. A survey entitled Selected Works was mounted by Schaulager in Basel, Switzerland (April 11-October 19, 2014). His work has been exhibited widely in many i... more