Item description for Thomas Demand: L'Esprit d'Escalier by Dave Eggers, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Paul Oliver, David Foster Wallace, Ulrich Baer & Rachael Thomas...
Stairs, ladders and lifts are the motifs of Thomas Demand's latest monograph, L'Esprit d'Escalier, which is published on the occasion of his show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. The title actually refers to so-called "staircase wit," that concise French expression for the chagrin of missed retorts--those hapless comebacks one only ever thinks up belatedly (i.e. when already descending the stairs): "I should've said (fill in blank)!" etc. One of Demand's ironic allusions to his title is a new work titled "Landing," which shows the shards of broken Qing vases on a staircase--a mishap caused by a visitor to The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge in January 2006, who stumbled on his shoelaces and crashed into the three eighteenth-century vases, smashing them to pieces. As ever, Demand combines conceptual rigor and exacting craft in his painstakingly re-created sets, with their eerie edge of artifice. L'Esprit d'Escalier presents an overview of his current work in 23 large photographs, plus a film project and an architectural installation specially prepared for his Irish Museum exhibition. Alongside an excerpt from David Foster Wallace's Girl with Curious Hair, it also includes commissioned writings by Dave Eggers, Paul Oliver, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Rachael Thomas and Enrique Juncosa.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9.75" Height: 6.5" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher Walther Konig
ISBN 386560210X ISBN13 9783865602107
Availability 0 units.
More About Dave Eggers, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Paul Oliver, David Foster Wallace, Ulrich Baer & Rachael Thomas
Dave Eggers is the author of six previous books, includingZeitoun, winner of the American Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.What Is the Whatwas a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and won France sPrix Medici. That book, about Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of the civil war in Sudan, gave birth to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, which operates a secondary school in South Sudan run by Mr. Deng. Eggers is the founder and editor of McSweeney s, an independent publishing house based in San Francisco that produces a quarterly journal, a monthly magazine, The Believer, and an oral history series, Voice of Witness. In 2002, with Ninive Calegari he co-founded 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth in the Mission District of San Francisco. Local communities have since opened sister 826 centers in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Ann Arbor, Seattle, Boston and Washington, DC, and similar centers now exist in London (the Ministry of Stories), Dublin (Fighting Words) and in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Melbourne, and many other cities. A native of Chicago, Eggers now lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.
Dave Eggers currently resides in the state of California.
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