The New Yorker has just published nifty photos of French artist Christian Boltanski puttering around the cavernous Park Avenue Armory choosing items from a 30-ton heap of discarded clothing. Finally, an art installation that makes us feel better about our own closets . . .[Photo courtesty of The New Yorker ]
Boltanski's installation, "No Man's Land," features a wall of biscuit tins, thousands of items of clothing, a 60-foot-crane, and recorded human heartbeats. Woah.
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Since the artist has been exploring themes of anonymity and death for more than 40 years, he's probably a major bummer to hang out with and observe carefully moving clothes around, right? Mais non! According to NYer photog Gus Powell, "He was without a doubt one of the most delightful and gentlest of gentlemen I have ever met." Powell adds that Boltanski's careful clothing-selection process reminds him of Monsieur Hulot, the bumbling French comic character. Awwww.
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If you want to get closer to the kindly monsieur, you can visit the exhibit (open through June 13th) and offer him your own heartbeat recording; he's soliciting them for his Archives du coeur stockpile.