Books

Jimmy Robert

Vis-à-vis

2012

134 pages

203 × 254 mm

MCA Chicago

Wire-O bound, folded softcover

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About

This catalogue accompanies Jimmy Robert Vis-à-vis, the first large-scale US solo exhibition of the Brussels-based artist’s work. One of Europe’s most dynamic younger artists, Jimmy Robert (born 1975) works in a range of media—including photography, sculpture, film, video, and collaborative performance—gently breaking down divisions between two and three dimensions, image and object. Robert’s work is guided by an interest in the body and the poetic potential of ephemeral materials such as paper and tape. Creating form through gesture, he draws inspiration from artists such as Yvonne Rainer and Yoko Ono. His exploration of moving bodies, crumpling paper, and repetitive gestures, in works that feature actions such as a hand tearing tape from skin or fingers rubbing a text, has come to define him as an artist of touching. Utilizing multiple paper stocks and sizes, this volume features the artist’s newest work while surveying his oeuvre to date with essays by MCA Curator Naomi Beckwith and art historian Marie de Brugerolle, along with a dialogue between Robert and artist Ian White.

Jimmy Robert Vis-à-vis is the second book in the series MCA Monographs, published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Each volume accompanies a solo exhibition at the MCA of work by a rising artist who has gained international notice for significant contributions to contemporary art.

Table of Contents

PAGE CONTENT
8 Director's Foreword
12 Acknowledgments
29 The (In)Visible Figure: Jimmy Robert's Moves Between Objects and Ideas by Naomi Beckwith
61 A Visual Essay by Jimmy Robert
73 Time/Form(s)/Friendship by Jimmy Robert and Ian White
89 On Building a Body of Knowledge by Marie de Brugerolle
117 Artist's Biography and Exhibition History
120 Artist's Publications and Selected Bibliography
122 Exhibition Checklist
130 Contributors
132 Lenders and Sponsors