ROBERT BARRY, Art Lovers, 2006 27,6 cm x 27,6 cm
papers, 72 pages, in laminated box
edition 270 + 30 AP
published by Michèle Didier, Brussels, Belgium
Art Lovers is an unbound book with plates superimposing two layers: a photographic portrait and a word outline cut into a black surface. Each portrait is covered by this black plane, turning the opening made by the word into letter shaped keyholes. The viewer can barely see the portraits and has to infer their subjects from a few sparse and vague elements. The 31 “Art Lovers” in question were photographed by the artist.