Philippe Favier. All over (limited edition)
Limited edition of the catalogue of the monographic exhibition at the Musée de Valence from 25 September 2020 to 31 January 2021.
The major retrospective of Philippe Favier's work presented at the Musée de Valence (September 2020 - August 2021), is the occasion to publish his first major monograph. This 250-page book, conceived as a carefully crafted object, retraces the artist's career, from his earliest works to the most recent and, for the most part, unpublished. Accompanied by a rich and varied iconography, it brings together texts by authoritative art historians and curators: Bernard Ceysson, Thierry Raspail, Pascale Soleil, Amélie Adamo. All of them have contributed essential insights into the work of Philippe Favier.
For this important edition, the artist has specially produced a first edition.
The book is enriched with an original gouache drawing, with a mark on cut paper: "Eclipse". Each of the 15 drawings in the first edition is unique. This drawing, made on a sheet of Sirio Ultra Black paper, is inserted at the opening of the book.
- Number of pages
- 25 x 26 cm
- 15 copies
- Publication date
In Europe’s artistic scene, Philippe Favier is an example of a singular practice which has no real equivalent. Born in 1957, he has, since the 1980's, produced paintings where the motif becomes a simple ornamentation of a wider whole, without visible hierarchy and without any particular construction apart from the fact that it creates an off-camera, both physical and mental. There is in this artist, the idea that art should, above all, activate imagination. To achieve this he does not hesitate to introduce fascinating little figures, sometimes multiplied to infinity. Using the theme of vanities, death and skeletons, he fills his pages with ordinary but surprising objects that alternate with intriguing otherworld images. The important point for him, is that the book, the images, the story-path, are to be read and deciphered. The work is a synthesis between the pages full of crypto glyphs, and the page after-page succession of possible readings. Philippe Favier builds impossible works, without beginning, without end, without orientation, without any destination other than to lead us into unsuspected depths in our imagination. Time stretches, lengthens to infinity, takes different forms according to how we read.
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