Paris: agnes b., 2010. Tabloid, color photo-illustrated glossy newsprint loose in signatures.
Issue 50 of French fashion retailer agnes b.’s poster-magazine Le Point d'Ironie. Devised during a conversation between the iconic French designer, sculptor Christian Boltanski, and curator and critic Hans-Ulrich Obrist, the hybrid periodical is framed as a "carte blanche," with a different contemporary creative given free reign to fill each issue's pages. The title refers to the typographic innovation of a reverse question mark to indicate an ironic tone, in usage in 19th-century French letters and championed by the poet Alcanter de Brahm. The periodical has been in circulation since 1997, and is issued six-to-eight times a year and distributed worldwide through a variety of culturally-oriented venues (boutiques, museums, galleries, schools, cafés, cinemas, and more). This issue features selections from Boltanski’s ambitious installation produced for the Monumenta 2010 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Meaning both "people" and "nobodies," "Personnes" was made up of a massive mechanical claw hanging above a 50-ton mound of abandoned clothing in an attempt to reflect upon the inevitability of death and fragility of life. Illustrated with eight color full-bleed photos captured by Didier Plowy. Fine. Item #8382