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The Conspiracy of Art: Part I

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“Baudrillard is a special kind of philosopher... He performs his philosophy, not just preaches it. He is a practicing artist of his own concepts… For Baudrillard the actual photographs are beside the point. It is what precedes them that counts in his eyes–the mental event of taking a picture–and this could never be documented, let alone exhibited.” —Sylvère Lotringer, The Piracy of Art, 2008

Château Shatto will be debuting French photographer Jean Baudrillard’s exhibition called The Conspiracy of Art: Part I from May 3 until May 25, 2019. This will be the gallery’s first time displaying the chromogenic color prints Baudrillard’s processed and exhibited during his lifetime. 

This exhibition will present the artist’s photographs along with experts from The Conspiracy of Art, the name of an essay written by the artists and the name of a book complied by his lifelong collaborator Sylvere Lotringer. 

Baudrillard’s photographs are snapshots of incidental, unplanned moments. Yet the idea the dubious authenticity of images reflects in details throughout the artist’s works.

To further highlight this concept, even though Baudrillard’s images were uniquely printed without any repetitions, he signed them with false edition numbers on the back, teasing the idea that an artist can control the rarity and multiplicity of an image by using a system of editions. 

Jean Baudrillard was a French sociologist, cultural critic, and theorist of postmodernity. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Daelim Museum in Seoul, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Times Museum in Guangzhou, and many more places. 

For this exhibition, there will be an opening reception on Friday, May 3, 2019. Château Shatto is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm. Be sure to see Jean Baudrillard’s photographs while they are on display! 

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