The Man Who Climbed Up the Stairs of Life and Found Out They Were Cinema Seats

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Keren Cytter


Boek, 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.
Materials: ink, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2024/766).

Literaire synopsis

“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

Dit boek, in zeven hoofdstukken en zeven stijlen, is de eerste roman van de Israëlische kunstenares en regisseur Keren Cytter. Zowel het groteske als het absurde worden middelen om de voortgang te schetsen van het leven van haar hoofdpersonage, kunstenaar Jeff Steinberg. Met het terugkerende motief van door elkaar gehaspelde filmrollen is het verhaal ook een reflectie op het medium film.

Novel's website

Authorship: Artist Author.

Creative Strategy: No Link to Artworks.

Genre: Plain Fiction.

Publishing: Art Books Publishing House.

Theme: Art World, Utopian Worlds.

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