Exhibition

Readymades Belong to Everyone

27 Sep. to 26 Nov. 2000

les ready made appartiennent à tout le monde ®, 1995

les ready made appartiennent à tout le monde ®, 1995

  • Fecha:
    17 Feb. - 13 May 2001
    Lugar:
    Le Magasin, Grenoble

This retrospective exhibition on Philippe Thomas (Nice, 1952 - Paris, 1995) explored the traces – in the literal sense of detective clues – that allow us to discover the long-term project that absorbed the artist from the late seventies until his death in 1995. Photographs, paintings, objects, installations, texts and posters were some of the traces that suggested the complexity and consistency of a body of work made up of images of reality “perverted” by the effects of fiction.

Philippe Thomas offers an in-depth meditation on the limits of the history of modern art and the mechanisms of the market, through an artistic endeavour that leads to a shift in the concept of the author to its most radical consequences. His work analyses and redefines the functions and properties of the museum institution, the artistic object, the public and the creator.

In 1987, Thomas transformed the space of the Cable Gallery, New York, into a public relations agency called readymades belong to everyone®. In this way, he adapted the modes of production of art to the methods of advertising, emphasising the commercial objectives of both. In 1988, the French branch of the agency was launched: les ready-made appartiennent à tout le monde®. As Thomas said through his fictitious alter ego, the artist Laura Carpenter: “After all, it isn’t hard to imagine that an art which has rejected the obligation to represent the world could also reject the obligation to represent an author.”

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Data inici:
From 01 Oct.
Data fi:
to 30 Nov. 2000
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