BISMUTH, PIERRE. THINGS I REMEMBER I HAVE DONE, BUT DON'T REMEMBER WHY I DID THEM--TOWARDS A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ

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 Luca Lo Pinto, Nicolaus Schafhausen ed., Los Angeles, 2017.

Softcover, 306 pp., 2 vol. set, 221 b/w, 3 color illus.

English and German text

"Things I Remember I Have Done, But Don't Remember Why I did Them--Towards a Catalogue Raisonné" is a publication presenting the work produced by Pierre Bismuth in the last thirty years, including about 1000 works in chronological order, in black and white vignettes.  Following the example of Honoré de Balzac who revised his writings on printer's proofs, this publication is released in the process of its own making.  Pierre Bismuth deliberately sets out a work in progress, with possible mistakes, incomplete captions, missing images or even missing works--an incomplete history of the artist's practice the should ideally be supplemented by its readers.*

*If you are in the possession of a work that has been incorrectly labeled or missing, please contact: bismuth.catalogue@gmail.com

This publication comprises two volumes: a booklet accompanying Pierre Bismuth’s 2015 solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien, and a catalogue raisonné indexing his typically serial and often humorous work of the last three decades, from five-minute paintings of recipe cards from women’s magazines (1986–87) to fried-chicken-flavored polyethylene sculptures (2015). Just like the idiosyncratic mix of conceptualism and appropriation refined by Bismuth throughout his career, Things I Remember I Have Done, But Don’t Remember Why I Did Them suggests how easily authorship and intentionality can be undermined, even erased—and Bismuth is not exempt from his own treatment.

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