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©2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Monument

1986
77 x 59 in. (195.6 x 149.9 cm)

Christian Boltanski
French

Object Type: Mixed Media
Medium and Support: Photographs, light bulbs, electrical cord
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 2004.13
Location: Currently on view
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The faces of the children included in Christian Boltanski’s Monument seem eerily familiar. While the scale of this piece and the arrangement of the images is reminiscent of a memorial, these same eyes could peer out at us from photo albums or yearbooks; faces of individuals who are still alive but no longer young. Boltanski, who is fascinated with the suggestive power of imagery and the role of memory in shaping our relationship with his work, has said, “What drives me as an artist is that I think everyone is so unique, yet everyone disappears so quickly.”

[Hawks Gallery reinstallation, summer 2019]

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Modern Art: Who, What, and Why? Materials accompanying a teacher inservice presentation at MAG Spring 2008


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