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Picturesque / Jan Kempenaers

Roma Publication 173

Photographs by Jan Kempenaers. This book, together with his previous book Spomenik (Roma Publication 141, 2010) present the results of Kempenaers' practice based research on 'contemporary picturesque'. Dirk De Meyer, quoted from this book: Yet, even when gratifying due to their composition and their living tints and endless varieties, Kempenaers photographs of landscapes altered by man forestall the nostalgia that has, over time, become typical for the picturesque. They force the viewer to remain in the present and think about its conditions and its future, and about the forces threatening our environment. Using Gilpins topoi of the picturesque - which, by now, are themselves "classical" - Kempenaers' images confront us with the picturesques slightly disconcerting aspects. As one visitor of the 1975 New Topographics exhibition at the George Eastman House observed, the photographs on display were saying "This is it, kid; take it for its beauty and its ugliness." Design: Roger Willems

Artist: Jan Kempenaers
In cooperation with: Academy of Fine Arts Ghent
Number of pages: 80
Size: 33.5 x 26.5
ISBN: 978 90 77459 74 4

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