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Gerard Byrne: Images or Shadows

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 Authors, Editor and Contributors: Edited by Pablo LaFuente. Texts by Enrique Juncosa, Sven Lütticken, Tom McDonough, Maeve Connolly, Jeremy Millar, Bettina Funcke, Volker Pantenburg, Maria Muhle and Ian White.

ISBN: 978-1-907020-61-2

Year of Publication: 2011

Description: Irish  artist Gerard Byrne (born 1969) works primarily in film and photography, which  he presents as ambitious large-scale installations. His film and video projects  reconstruct historically significant conversations derived from popular  magazines from the 1960s-1980s; the effect of these works is to test the  “cultural present” of the gallery space against the “defunct present” of a  magazine article. Byrne's work draws on a range of sources, from popular print  media of the recent past to iconic modernist playwrights and thinkers such as  Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett and Jean-Paul Sartre. This volume offers the  first complete overview of his work to date.