James Coleman

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Hatje Cantz, 2002 - Architecture - 175 pages
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The Irish-born artist james Coleman became known throughout the eighties and nineties for audiovisual works that are extraordinarily precise, both with respect to their pictorial and their literary qualities. Artists such as Douglas Gordon, Stan Douglas and Steve McQueen profess to have been greatly influenced by them. His videos, films and theatre projects, and especially his large-scale slide projections, are quite exceptional: Coleman presents tightly orchestrated social situations in colorful multiple fade-over stills, accompanied by spoken text with a highly differentiated soundtrack. Although the pictures shown are reminiscent of scenes from daily life, film or literature, their narrative structure remains enigmatic. Questions of perception are supplied with psychological, cultural and historic dimensions. In a detailed essay, the theorist Kaja Silverman comments on the slide projections "Lapsus Exposure (1992-1994) and "Photograph (1998/99), among others, which works which constitute the book's focus, together with two 16mm films from the early seventies. The slide projection "Seagulls from 1973 was specially reconstructed and so made available to a broader audience for the first time.

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Kaja Silverman is Professor of Rhetoric and Film at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of several books, including "The Threshold of the Visible World", "Male Subjectivity at the Margins", and "The Subject of Semiotics".

HELMUT FRIEDEL is the director of the Lenbachhaus in Munich. He has published numerous books on art, including Gerhard Richter: Red, Yellow, Blue, Franz Marc: The Retrospective and The Blue Rider in the Lenbachhaus (all by Prestel).

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