Daniel Bosser, Philippe Thomas Declines His Identity | OCCASIONAL PAPERS
This is the first authorised translation of ‘Daniel Bosser, Philippe Thomas décline son identité’, a book about modernism and modalities of display, first published by Galerie Claire Burrus, Paris, in 1987. The book was part of a performative talk given only twice by the French conceptual artist Philippe Thomas (1951–95). What audience members realised upon leaving the auditorium, and discovering the book, was that the talk they had just witnessed was minutely scripted – down to Thomas’ smallest gestures and pauses – in the book itself. Thomas thus blurred definitions of ‘artist's talk’, ‘performance’, ‘transcript’ and ‘book’, producing instead a complex play on words and speech.
Consistent with Thomas’ practice to distinguish his name from authorship, this book is attributed to Daniel Bosser, the collector who acquired the piece.
ships from the publisher, please allow some extra days for delivery
translated by Antony Hudek - includes a new essay on Thomas' work by Émeline Jaret
published by Occasional Papers
23 x 16 cm, paperback
Founded in 2008, Occasional Papers is a non-profit publisher of affordable books devoted to the histories of architecture, art, design, film and literature. Occasional Papers is Sara De Bondt, Antony Hudek (co-founders) and Piper Haywood (managing editor).