Philippe Bradshaw A fly in the house

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Edited by: Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg Preface: Agnes Husslein-Arco, Ralph Melcher Texts by: Dr. Margrit Brehm German, English, French 2004, 96 Pages, 92 Ills. Softcover 1mm x 1mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1516-4
Philippe Bradshaw uses famous works of art history in a playful way to inspire new interpretations and thus free the visual image from its iconic and symbolic status.

Philippe Bradshaw (1965-2005) is challenged by the great icons of art. He draws as freely from the great masterpieces of art history as he does from the essential ideas of Conceptual, Minimal, or Pop Art, pirating at will from the bounteous domains of the art world. Bradshaw produced the first of his Chain Curtains in the late 1990s. In these works he arranges different colored links to form images combined with the medium of video. Yet his playful approach to the fruits of tradition differs distinctly from the conceptual appropriation of works of art as practiced by Elaine Sturtevant or Sherrie Levine. Bradshaw describes the process of motif transposition in his works as "bastardization." This book is the first comprehensive presentation of Bradshaw's oeuvre. It offers readers a look into his studio in Montreuil and the Garden/Babylon, where most of his videos are produced. The portrait that emerges is that of an artist who offers astonishing, "impertinent" perspectives on supposedly familiar phenomena. Exhibition schedule: Museum der Moderne, Rupertinum, Salzburg, July 25-October 30, 2004 · Saarland Museum Saarbrücken, February 12-April 3, 2005