Selenium toned Silver Gelatin print.
49.4 x 40.6 cm [19.5 x 16 inches].
Edition of 80, signed and numbered verso.
About the work
This limited edition refers to Gerard Byrne's installation, A man and a woman make love (2012) which recreates a discussion held on the 27 January 1928 by members of the Surrealist group of artists and writers, subsequently published in their journal La Revolution surrealiste no. 11. Using actors, Byrne re-staged the discussion in the form of a TV play with a live studio audience, depicting the characters with their eyes closed, representing themselves contemplating a Surrealist female muse.
About the artist
Gerard Byrne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Renowned for his films which revisit historic moments and conversations, ranging from an interview with philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre to science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov discussing the future. His work has also featured articles from Playboy magazine and explorations of the way we build our understanding of the present through reconstruction of the past via subjects as varied as the Loch Ness monster, the location of a Samuel Beckett play, or the history of Minimalist art. Byrne currently lives and works in Dublin and is represented by the Lisson Gallery, London, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, and by Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm.
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Byrne's Solo exhibitions include: Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 2012; IMMA, Dublin, 2011; Milton Keynes Gallery, 2011; The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2011; ICA Boston and the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen (both 2008). Group Exhibtions; P.S.1 Center, New York; Tramway, Glasgow; Whitney Museum of American Art. He was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Award in 2006 and in 2007 represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. Other major presentations of his work at international biennials include: dOCUMENTA, Kassel, 2012; Performa, New York and the 54th Venice Biennale.
His work is included in public collections including: Tate, London; Hirshhorn Museum, Washington; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; FRAC Nord Pas-de-Calais and Pays de Loire; Arts Council of Ireland.
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