By Eijkelboom, HansOther Godfrey, Mr TonyIntroduction by Parr, Martin
World Dutch conceptual artist Hans Eijkelboom's work is very much in line with the deadpan, seemingly mechanistic note-taking of Ed Ruscha and Hans-Peter Feldman. In Paris* New York* Shanghai , Eijkelboom creates a clever and witty comparative study of three major contemporary me...tropolises, each selected for having been (or promising to be) the cultural capital of its time.Paris during the nineteenth century; New York, the twentieth; and Shanghai, the twenty-first. This uniquely bound three-volume set unfolds to allow the reader not only to view each city individually, but also to compare simultaneously the three photographic studies of each metropolis and its citizens. Expansive cityscapes detailing the quirks of each city and the snapshot-style grids of their inhabitants soon reveal how similar one city is to another today. As Eijkelboom writes, Globalization, combined with the desire of cities for visually spectacular elements, is leading to the appearance everywhere of city centers that look the same and where identical products are sold.Read more
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HANS EIJKELBOOM (born 1949, Arnhem, Holland) began his artistic career in 1971 with an installation that was part of a group show that included Joseph Beuys, Ed Ruscha, and Douglas Huebler. Since then, he has produced over twenty-five books, gaining renown in Europe for self-publishing many of them, and his work has been exhibited internationally, including solo shows at the Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam; Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem; Provincial Museum of Photography, Antwerp, Belgium; and Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim, Neuenhaus, Germany. Eijkelboom is based in Amsterdam. MARTIN PARR is the author of over thirty photography books, including Our True Intent Is All for Your Delight and Mexico (copublished by Aperture and Chris Boot). TONY GODFREY is director of research and chair of the Advisory Council of Sotheby's Institute of Art, London.
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