Item description for Sophie Calle: Double Game by Sophie Calle & Paul Auster...
The original edition of Double Game, published by Violette Editions in 1999, was the first important book by Sophie Calle to be published in English and earned fervent international praise for its concept, content and stunning design. Writing for Bookforum, Barry Schwabsky called "this elegant, ribbon-wrapped compendium My vote for the most beautiful art book of 1999." And Eye magazine judged it, "That rare thing, an artist's monograph that is actually a work of art in and of itself, a furthering of Calle's vision." That edition quickly sold out and has since been out of print.This new edition, published to coincide with the 2007 Venice Biennale, at which Calle will represent France, is identical in content to the first, and reprises all of the cherished qualities of the original in a smaller hardback format--including the signature ribbon around its middle. The story begins with Maria, the fictional character in Paul Auster's novel, Leviathan. Most of Maria's "works" are, in fact, based on those of Sophie Calle. The first section of Double Game takes us through the few original works by Maria that Sophie makes her own, shown both in their fictional context and illustrated by Calle's actual reproduction of them. The second section takes the story further into the heart of Calle's world, with a series of Calle's seminal narrative and abstract works in text and images that were appropriated by Maria in Leviathan. The third section of the book takes the dialogue directly to Maria's inventor, Paul Auster, who in turn takes Calle as his subject, inventing for her the Gotham Handbook, which offers "Personal Instructions for SC on How to Improve Life in New York City (Because she asked...)."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher D.A.P./Violette Editions
ISBN 1933045698 ISBN13 9781933045696
Reviews - What do customers think about Sophie Calle: Double Game?
Fantastic Aug 7, 2001
I received as a birthday present and love it. It lets your imagination run wild with wanting more.
the best ever! Aug 1, 2001
simply, this is the most excellent book i've come across. sophie calle's projects that mix photography and writing, seek to investigate identity, familiarity, and life in creative, direct, and honest ways. she's fascinated with knowing and simultaneously constructing others and herself.
ms. calle is an artist for the new millenium Jul 31, 2001
i just saw an excerpt of the work discussed in this book at mass moca in north adams mass. it was amazing. the attention to detail that ms. calle pays is astounding. i can't wait to get the book and i recommend you get it to and see the work in person at mass moca if you get the chance.
Fact, Fiction, Life, Art May 7, 2000
Whether you're an artist, a writer, an art lover, a fan of either Sophie Calle or Paul Auster (or both), or just an observer of life, there is something for you in this beautifully designed and wonderfully written book. From the elegantly hardcover binding to the amusingly devised performance art pieces, you can't find any fault in this book. The first part of the book collects some of Sophie Calle's own performance art pieces, which were adapted into fiction as part of the Paul Auster's novel Leviathan. One of my favourite is her collection of birthday gifts through a span of several years which she kept and displayed in glass cabinets. The second part is titled the Gotham Handbook, which chronicles her life based on some 'instructions' she asked Paul Auster to write for her. This book will make you wonder where is the thin line between fact and fiction, life and art.
A gift Apr 18, 2000
This is an unbelievably beautiful book about an amazingly creative artist. It is definitely about time that there is easily accessible information about Sophie Calle and her work. This is certainly a book to have if one is at all intrigued by Calle's artwork and life.