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HANS ULRICH OBRIST: HEAR US -- FEATURING BILL BURNS. Black Dog Publishing Limited, London, 2015. Published in association with YYZ Books, Toronto. 224 pp. with 101 ills. (87 col.). 24 x 16 cm. ISBN 9781910433065 In English.
Although not specifically documenting the show, this book was published in conjunction with a touring exhibition of the work of Canadian Conceptual artist Burns (b. 1957) that opened in 2014 at the Regina Public Library's Dunlop Art Gallery under the title "Beatrix Ruf Protect Us: A Project About Longing," and later appeared at Rodman Hall Art Centre at Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario, among other venues, under the same title as this book. Publisher's description: In her foreword to the publication, Dannys Montes de Oca Moreda recognizes that the after-effect of Burns' work is deeply disillusioning, breaking up and foreclosing the harmonious unity of identity, micro and macrocosmic alike. Curator and art historian Dan Adler draws attention to the intrinsic satire informing Burns' work: a fondness for revering the meaningless while casting doubt on the venerable. Lastly, art critic Jennifer Allen uncovers some of the forces at work within Burns' narrativisation of his personal life and reflection on his role as an artist, asserting that the act of forgetting is structural to Burns' overall narrative composition. Hans-Ulrich Obrist Hear Us also includes a first-person narrative by Burns, telling the story of his life through episodes that, although seemingly incongruous, have played a formative role in the development of the artist's career.
Artist(s):Burns, Bill
Indexing: Western — Canada — Post-1990 — Several Media, Criticism/Theory — Conceptual Art
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 172142
Hardcover $39.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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