David Claerbout

White Hand Supporting a Black Head



Inkjet on RAG photographique paper 310 g /m2, small digital changes and small changes with pencil and with chinese ink in each drawing 

59 × 42 cm

Edition of 18 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

This edition comes with David Claerbout's 2015 publication Drawings and Studies

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This edition is published by Hatje Cantz

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about this work

David Claerbout is known as one of the most prominent international video artists of his generation. After his classic training as a painter, he found his way to photography and film through his own passion for collecting; he sheds light on the two media, their perception and meaning, both technically and thematically. In his works he often takes found historical photographs, digitally animates them, and then combines them with his own film footage, while skillfully playing with the process of shaping time in the image. Frequently, Claerbout accelerates small incidents and moments of everyday life, condensing them into impressive allegories of life.

Claerbout’s works of art often take years to make. He produces drawings for each project, using them to prepare his compositions, which are as strictly thought-out as panel paintings are. For this edition, the artist has personally worked over each inkjet print of the virtuoso portrait drawing with ink and pencil, and hence, each one is unique.

(Please note that each edition is unique, and that the edition you purchase can differ slightly from the one pictured above)

about David Claerbout

As one of the most innovative and acclaimed artists of his generation working with moving image, David Claerbout has created a striking body of works within which the media of film and photography appear to co-exist. Claerbout’s works often depict some everyday activity or event that seems to be the subject of the work, but as time passes we as viewers face a dilemma in how to decipher the artist’s intention. The works not only alter our established understanding of time and the narrative process but also our notions of reality, illusion, and the relationship between them.

David Claerbout has had numerous solo exhibitions, including SFMOMA, San Francisco; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts; and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. His work has been shown in several major group exhibitions, including shows at Louisiana, Humblebaek; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MCA, Chicago; and Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.

Claerbout’s work is also present in many important public collections, such as Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam.

David Claerbout is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

Sean Kelly, New York

You can also find more works by David Claerbout on his own website.


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David Claerbout - Untitled (Boy at a window) - 2004

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Untitled (Boy at a window)

David Claerbout - Olympia (The real time disintegration into ruins of the Berlin Olympic stadium over the course of a thousand years) – Impression of Rain  - 2017

David Claerbout

Olympia (The real time disintegration into ruins of the Berlin Olympic stadium over the course of a thousand years) – Impression of Rain

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