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Bozena Kowalska

Art critic Bozena Kowalska, who specializes in the artist’s work, offers a passionate description of “Opalka’s unique concept, his mocking way of getting even with time.”

Roman Opalka

Born in a Polish family torn between France and Poland, Roman Opalka is a radical artist, completely immerged in his artistic production. Since 1965 he writes lines of numbers same-size canvases. On every new Detail—that is how the artist names his canvas—he adds 1% of white paint, which eventually brought him to paint white on white. By giving his life in sacrifice to his work of art, Roman Opalka gives a sublime vision of the time passing by, and milestones conceptual art. Awarded with multiple prizes throughout Europe, he is one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

François Barré

The eminent François Barré has written a sensitive, finely tuned text on his view of the “self-portrait of time, a landscape of decline.”

David Shapiro

David Shapiro is an American poet, literary critic, and art historian. He has written some twenty volumes of poetry, literary, and art criticism. Accompanying the foldouts are two poems meant as a dialogue with Opalka’s work.

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Opalka 1965 / 1 – ∞ Self-Portraits (English version)

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Roman Opalka, David Shapiro, Bozena Kowalska, François Barré

price €150 (our price -5% : €142.50)

A first edition of this book is also available (EUR 1450 ou EUR 1800). To order it, please click here.

“For the first time this book gives a comprehensive description of any exhibition of my self-portraits that I would not personally curate.”
Roman Opalka (1931-2011)

English (also available in French et Polish) version.
11 x 13 in., inside 9,5 x 12 in.
hardcover, screwbinding, dust jacket
260 pages, including 11 foldouts from 3 1/3 ft (1 meter) to more than 13 ft (4 meters).
ISBN : 978-2-35290-077-1

One of the major artists of our century, Roman Opalka just left us. He would have been eighty at the end of August. Several large-scale exhibitions of the artist’s work were held in celebration of this major event—first in Venice, during the Biennale, then in France.

At the same time, Roman Opalka had decided to publish a monumental book, Self-Portraits 1965 / 1 – ∞, containing the iconic series of his self-portraits.
Arranged in eleven, large foldouts, printed full-scale (24 by 30.5 cm), these Self-Portraits parallel Roman Opalka’s life and artistic approach since 1965. The artist wanted the blank pages placed between the series of photographs to suggest the space he would have given them had they been displayed in an exhibition.

Accompanying the foldouts is an essential text by Roman Opalka on his approach, as well as two poems by the great American poet David Shapiro, meant as a dialogue with Opalka’s work. Art critic Bozena Kowalska, who specializes in the artist’s work, offers a passionate description of “Opalka’s unique concept, his mocking way of getting even with time.” The eminent François Barré has written a sensitive, finely tuned text on his view of the “self-portrait of time, a landscape of decline.”

And finally, this work includes a recording of the artist intoning the numbers he paints.

"For the first time this book gives a comprehensive description of any exhibition of my self-portraits that I would not personally curate. This book is the only one that expresses and describes the rhythm between the empty space and my photographs. It is by far the most physical". Roman Opalka

Copublishing by Éditions courtes et longues/Galerie Yvon Lambert.

A first edition of this book is available. This book is stamped, numbered, and includes a passeport format self-portrait by Roman Opalka. They are 100 copies of this first edition (45 in English, 45 in French, 10 in Polish). To download the order form, please click here.

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