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Seeing and Believing

Luis Jacob
Black Dog Publishing Limited
Artists' Books
22 × 27 × 1.8 cm

With Seeing and Believing Jacob explores the role of the art museum as frame, and the artwork in its capacity to “look back” at the contemporary viewer. An important figure in contemporary art, Jacob’s work explores the subjectivity of aesthetic experience, and the uncanny dimension of our encounters with works of art.

The book focuses on three of his own exhibitions: Tableaux Vivants at Fonderie Darling, Montreal in 2010; Pictures at an Exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto in 2011; and L’oeil, la brèche, l’image/The Eye, the Hole, the Picture at the McCord Museum, Montreal in 2012. Extensive documentation of these exhibitions is presented along with essays by curators Marie Fraser, David Liss and Anne-Marie Ninacs. Accompanying these critical perspectives is a text written by the artist himself, titled “Groundless in the Museum: Anarchism and the Living Work of Art”.

Seeing and Believing will appeal to artists, theorists, and anyone interested in curatorial/museum studies. A timely contribution to contemporary discussions, this book invites the reader to consider what lies behind the picture: a matter of faith, and a trigger to an inquisitive “second look”. Luis Jacob’s work has been exhibited at documenta 12, Kassel; Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Barbican Centre, London; Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MuHKA), Antwerp; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto; and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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