Annette Messager: Continents Noirs by Annette MessagerAnnette Messager: Continents Noirs by Annette Messager

Annette Messager: Continents Noirs

Contribution byAnnette MessagerText byNorman Spinrad

Hardcover | March 31, 2013

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Documenting an installation of the same name, Continents Noir continues Annette Messager’s (born 1943) sculptural evocations of unconscious energies and abject objecthood. The title evokes both Freud’s famous definition of the unconscious (the “dark continent”) and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, in which Gulliver reaches an island that travels in the air. Messager’s installation consists of black, agglomerated, wrapped objects and architectural forms suspended from the ceiling. As if born from the eerie metaphysics of de Chirico, these fossilized “islands” appear to have descended from some remote galaxy. Other components of Continents Noir include floor fans animating suspended figures that are outlined in women’s dresses, pieces of fabric and wigs; and the wrapped figures of birds, mice and geometric forms, arranged in enigmatic relations. Alongside reproductions of all the works, American sci-fi author Norman Spinrad contributes an essay on Messager’s island worlds and objects.
L'exposition Continents noirs sera présentée au musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, d'octobre 2012 à janvier 2013 Figure majeure de la scène de l'art contemporain, Annette Messager présentera à l'automne 2012, au musée des Beaux-Arts de Strasbourg, ses dernières ouvres dans un ensemble intitulé "Continents noirs". Si depuis toujours so...
Title:Annette Messager: Continents NoirsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 11.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 31, 2013Publisher:Editions Xavier BarralLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:2365110118

ISBN - 13:9782365110112