The Address Book. Sophie Calle, Pauline Baggio.
The Address Book

The Address Book

Los Angeles: Siglio, 2012. 1st Edition. 12mo, publisher's black cloth over red paper-covered boards, spine and upper board gilt, gray endpapers, original attached elastic band.

"Art is a way of taking distance. The pathological or therapeutic aspects exist, but just as catalysts." Considered one of her most controversial works, The Address Book is internationally-acclaimed conceptual artist and photographer Sophie Calle at her most clinically imploring. Having found a lost address book on the street in Paris, Calle copied the pages before returning it anonymously to its owner. She then embarked on an attempt to know this stranger by contacting listed individuals – in essence, following him through the map of his acquaintances. Originally published as a serial in the newspaper Libération over the course of one month in 1983, her incisive written accounts of her contacts with the address book owner's friends, family and colleagues, juxtaposed with black-and-white photos, yield vivid subjective impressions of the owner, one Pierre D., while also suggesting ever more complicated stories as information is parsed and withheld by the people she encounters. Upon learning of this work and its publication in the newspaper, Pierre D. expressed his anger, and Calle agreed not to republish the work until after his death. Fine. Item #1974


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