A Picture of Blindness

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A Picture of Blindness, 2012


From Yves Klein to Carsten Höller, artists have proposed invisible artworks (Warhol included). What drew these visual artists to non-visibility? Further, is there a collective movement, an “invisibilism”, beyond the artists’ individual context of production?

“A Picture of Blindness”[1] shows that invisible art is unique in its reflexive call upon the Imaginary and the self critique it enables for art. Tom Friedman, for example, exhibited a witch’s curse by presenting an empty pedestal. Mauriozio Cattelan claimed that his work was stolen, showing only a report of theft, as a way to dodge the pressure of art production. Against rationalism, consumerism or representation, turning to invisibility is justified in this essay as one of the few efficient strategies of resistance.


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  1. Goy, Sébastien (January 2012). A Picture of Blindness. Éditions En Creux. ISBN 978-29541092-0-6. 
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