Book, 14 x 21.5 cm, 163 p, language: English, publisher: New York/Frankfurt am Main/Zürich: Lukas & Sternberg/Frankfurter Kunstverein/Kunsthalle Zürich, ISBN: 1-933128-09-7.
©image: M HKA
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2024/766).
“Suddenly Hirst’s head falls, with the neck and the coat. That is – Hirst’s body falls over the bar. The straw penetrates his gullet through the nose and violently wakes the shrimp, the calamari, the salad, and the brandy in his stomach. He vomits it all on the bar, and they stream over the smooth brown wood. The gallerist gets up from his chair and goes over to Mr. Hirst. The barman hands him a nylon bag and helps him collect the animals and the juices, both modern and postmodern. He goes back to Jeff’s table with an arrogant smile and says they can move. Then he lifts the bag that’s dripping with small chunks of phlegm from the sides and says ''Tomorrow at Christie’s''. "
- Keren Cytter
Written in seven chapters and seven styles, this book constitutes the first novel by the Israeli artist and filmmaker Keren Cytter. Both the grotesque and the absurd become tools to narrate the progression of her main character’s life, artist Jeff Steinberg. With the recurring motif of scrambled reels, the story also functions as a reflection on the medium of film.
Authorship: Artist Author.
Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.
Genre: Plain Fiction.
Publishing: Art Books Publishing House.
> Keren Cytter.
> Exhibition: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE ARTWORK BECOMES A NOVEL?. M HKA, Antwerp, 07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
> Exhibition: THE BOOK LOVERS - A Project about Artist Novels. The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 25 January 2013 - 09 March 2013.
> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.
> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.
> Ensemble: The Book Lovers.