Francis Alÿs | Phaidon

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A terrific book on a terrific artist - great gift for the art-interested.

A fully updated and expanded edition of the artist's first comprehensive monograph, more than a decade since its original publication. Francis Alÿs examines the patterns of various urban sites before weaving his own fables into their tangled social fabric with wit, sensitivity, and an acutely personal connection to his subject matter. A scene such as a Volkswagen Beetle struggling up a hill or a man pushing a block of ice can carry a message that resonates far beyond the work's simple parameters. As Alÿs puts it, 'Sometimes doing something poetic can become political, and sometimes doing something political can become poetic.'

  • Hardcover
  • 29 × 25 cm 
  • 240 pages
  • full-colour illustrations

Meet Francis Alÿs Since leaving his profession as an architect in 1986, Belgian-born artist Francis Alÿs has developed an interdisciplinary practice that blends art, architecture and social practice. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, including as the representative of Belgium at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2022.