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- DescriptionCharles Matton's perfect small-scale reconstructions are a disruptive yet profoundly bewitching glimpse of our physical and private world. Charles Matton (1931 2008) was a French painter, sculptor, photographer, stage designer, screenwriter, and producer. An extraordinary, multifaceted artist, Matton explored the many possibilities of visual and written expression, only to become more aware of their limitations. His desire to create reality and t merely represent it led him to design, build, paint, and weave in order to reconstitute over 200 striking three-dimensional scenes of our everyday life, drawing from the European tradition of handmade dollhouses, imaginative literary fiction, trompe loeil techniques, and Dutch and American realist painting. His miniature boxes or space reconstructions have been exhibited worldwide. The first significant work on Matton in English, this book brings together all of his boxes for the first time. Matton, like a true artisan, constructed these miniature universes in exquisite detail, from minuscule furniture and paintings to windows and telephones. Among his many reconstructions we find culturally iconic spaces, such as the studios of Bacon and Giacometti, Freuds study, and the Cafe de Flore in Paris. These works are masterpieces in themselves, but for Matton they also provided a forum for his photography, painting, and sculpture, all of which are featured in the book. Charles Matton: Enclosures invites the reader into the magical realm of the artist, where he constantly reevaluated preconceptions about the proportionality of both the world and ourselves as its inhabitants.
- Author BiographyCharles Matton (1931-2008) was a French painter, sculptor, illustrator, photographer, stage designer, author, screenwriter, and film director, as well as a freelance artist for Esquire magazine and several publishing houses. He was the architect of over 200 miniature boxes or space reconstructions exhibited worldwide. He was the subject of numerous articles in publications including The New York Times, The Art Newspaper, Art in America, Art + Antiques, Art News, International Herald Tribune, LA Weekly, and Artforum. Sylvie Matton is an author, scriptwriter, and journalist. She writes novels, essays, and scripts such as Rembrandt, which was directed by Charles Matton, her husband of thirty-two years. She curated most of his exhibitions and is editorial director of this monograph. Paul Virilio is one of today's most prominent and internationally recognized philosophers, as well as an urbanist and a professor emeritus of architecture at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris.
- Author(s)Paul Virilio,Sylvie Matton
- PublisherEditions Flammarion
- Date of Publication15/08/2011
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Place of PublicationParis
- Country of PublicationFrance
- Out-of-print date08/08/2015
- Content NoteIllustrations (some col.)
- Weight1640 g
- Width241 mm
- Height287 mm
- Spine25 mm
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