IMPONDERABLE: THE ARCHIVES OF TONY OURSLER. Les Forges, Parc des Ateliers, Arles, 2015. Organized and published by LUMA Foundation, Zurich. Published in association with JRP/Ringier Kunstverlag, Zurich. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 656 pp. with 180 col. ills. 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 9783037644263 Bilingual in English and French.
Publisher's description: Since the late 1990s, artist Tony Oursler (b. 1957) has amassed a vast personal archive of objects and ephemera relating to magic, the paranormal, film, television, phantasmagoria, pseudoscience and technology. For Oursler, the archive functions as an open visual resource, historical inquiry and -- most intriguingly -- a family history. One of the collection's many digressions records the friendship between the artist's grandfather Charles Fulton Oursler -- a famous early 20th-century author and publisher -- and magician and escapologist Harry Houdini, and a historic interaction with Arthur Conan Doyle, who, beyond his Sherlock Holmes series, was an important advocate for spiritualism and the paranormal. This publication features up to 1,500 objects from Oursler's collection, including photographs, prints, historic manuscripts, rare books, letters and objects. Additional topics include stage magic, thought photography, demonology, cryptozoology, optics, mesmerism, automatic writing, hypnotism, fairies, cults, the occult, color theory and UFOs.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 036696
Paperbound Out of Print / No Longer Available.