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Aurélien Froment Three Double Tales


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Edited by Aurélien Froment and Olivier Michelon
Texts by Anna Craycroft, Caroline Hancock, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Rémi Parcollet and François Piron
Graphic design by Åbäke
Published by Dent-de-Leone, London
Published December 2017
Trilingual edition (English, French, German)
26 x 21 cm, hardback, canvas cover

288 pages (112 duotone and color ill. and 54 b & w ill.)

ISBN : 978-1-907-908-47-7

Three Double Tales is the first monographic publication on Aurélien Froment’s work. Published in three languages and designed in collaboration with Åbäke, the book revisits the artist’s interest in the questions of translation and wordplay. A photography book, an exhibition catalogue as well as an artist book, Three Double Tales unites three projects that share the use of photography, and whose sources – places and fantasy – have structured Froment’s work for the past fifteen years.

Fröbel Fröbeled is Froment’s exhibition of “Fröbel’s gifts”, the German pedagogue who created the concept of kindergarten in the 19th century. Tombeau idéal de Ferdinand Cheval represents a partial photographic inventory, shot by Froment, of the architecture of images of the Palais Idéal built by Ferdinand Cheval in Hauterives. Lastly, Of Shadow of Ideas, the Earthwork series and the bells, belong to the project started in 2002, which aims to embody, with or without images, the site and imagery of Arcosanti in Arizona, designed by Paolo Soleri in the 1960s.

Three Double Tales is co-published with Frac Île-de-France/ le Plateau, Villa Arson, Les Abattoirs/Frac Occitanie, Toulouse, M Museum Leuven, Badischer Kunstverein, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Contemporary Art Gallery Vancouver and Spike Island Bristol.

This publication has received support from CNAP (soutien aux galeries/ publication), and of Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Institut français, Ministry for Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, and Marcelle Alix, Paris.