Performance Sketches Portfolio, 2009


Set of 13 black-and-white photographs and a unique drawing on paper.

11.00 x 14.00 in

27.9 x 35.6 cm

Edition of 30


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    About The Work

    The photographs in the Performance Sketches Portfolio are taken from Ragnar Kjartansson's elaborate performance piece The End — Venezia, developed for the 2009 Venice Biennale. Kjartansson set up a painting studio in the Palazzo Michiel dal Brusa by the Grand Canal, where each day for six months he painted a portrait from life of a slim young man, fellow Icelandic performance artist Pall Haukur Bjornsson, wearing only a black Speedo.

    In the performance Kjartansson plays the role of the cliché artist, with slicked back hair and a beard, smoking cigars and drinking beer, while his subject languishes like a blasé Dorian Gray. The piece is both reverent of art and the artistic process, while also mocking the fantasy of the Bohemian artist and his muse.

    About Ragnar Kjartansson

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    • This is a set of 13 photographs, each measuring 11" x 14".
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