BOOKS: The Chameleonic Art of John Armleder

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On the Cover: Skull, 1998
On the Cover: Skull, 1998
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New from Flammarion is a $45 monograph, edited by art critic/historian Lionel Bovier, on Swiss artist John Armleder, who is notable for his wildly eclectic fusion of genres and media. "He borrows influences from modernist art, modern design, Constructivism, Art Deco, Minimalism, Op Art, music and film," says the publisher. "The resulting images, sculptures and installations often involve the viewer's active participation; his art is as much experienced as it is viewed." Indeed, as Artforum has noted, "a transformer of the trivial since the 1980s," Armleder "combines everyday objects and Minimalism, filling both with aesthetic glamour in the creation of hybrid works that drift between art, design and 'trashy' Op Art." Back in the '80s, The New York Times observed of the prescient Armleder (born in 1948): "He proposes paintings as anonymous objects of decor, or as objects of contemplation for people with very short attention spans." Seen in the PDF is a view of 2004's "Flower Power" exhibition, courtesy of Le Consortium, Dijon, photo by Andr
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