TARYN SIMON, Paperwork and the Will of Capital, 2016
34,3 x 26,5 x 2,1 cm
catalogue – artist book
signed and dated as book for the occasion of her exhibition in Gagosian Gallery, New York
This book is half catalogue (authors write about the work) and half artist’s book (the artist uses the book form as a means of expression).
At signings of political accords, contracts, treaties, and decrees powerful men flank floral centerpieces curated to convey the importance of the signatories and represented institutions, apparently. Taryn Simon dryly described each event and photographed the flower arrangements from archival images; she studied and collected these flowers. Then dried and pressed these as herbarium specimens. This sumptuous and yet visual book bears witness to an elaborate and intriguing relation between theatrical singings of politicians and the showing off of flower arrangements.