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Artist Book

When did you first meet Duchamp?

by Paul Chan

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"Chan is the one [artist] whose efforts as a maker of books are probably the most challenging."

—Barry Schwabsky, Garage Magazine

This handmade artist book was a collaboration between Paul Chan and Calvin Tomkins, and uses material from Tomkin's 2012 Badlands book Marcel Duchamp: The Afternoon Interviews in order to create a brand new artist book work. Using a special technique of overprinting images and texts onto existing sheets of book paper, this artist book is hallucinatory and freewheeling. Images of Duchamp and his works vie on the page with words by Tomkins, pictures from private online chatrooms, and florescent line drawings by Chan.

Each edition is signed by both Chan and Tomkins and is adorned with sets of stickers and other elements that make each edition unique in its own right.

2012

11" x 8.5" / 27.94cm x 22cm

44 pages

Edition of 10


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Paul Chan

Paul Chan is a New York-based artist. 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 international shows including: Documenta 13, Kassel, 2012; Before The Law, Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2011-12; Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, Venice, 2009; Medium Religion, ZKM, Karlsruhe, 2008; Traces du sacrê, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2008; 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, 2008; 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2007; and the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, 2006. Solo exhibitions include: My Laws are My Whores, The Renaissance Society and the University of Chicago, 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 2007–2008; Paul Chan, Para/Site art space, Hong Kong, 2006. Chan founded Badlands Unlimited in 2010.

2012

11" x 8.5" / 27.94cm x 22cm

44 pages

Edition of 10