Première séance 27 janvier 1928
Selenium toned Silver Gelatin print.
49,5 × 40,5 cm
Edition of 80 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on the verso side
about this work
The limited edition Première séance 27 janvier 1928, 2013 refers to Gerard Byrne’s installation: A man and a woman make love (2012), which recreates a discussion held on 27 January 1928 by the members of the Surrealist group of artists and writers. This discussion was subsequently published in their journal La révolution surréaliste no. 11. Using actors, Byrne re-staged the discussion in the form of a TV play with a live studio audience, depicting the characters with their eyes closed, contemplating a Surrealist female muse.
about Gerard Byrne
Gerard Byrne is a visual artist working with photographic, video and live art. He is renowned for his films, which revisit historic moments and conversations, ranging from an interview with philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre to science fiction writers Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov discussing the future. His work has also featured articles from Playboy magazine and explorations of the way we build our understanding of the present through reconstruction of the past via subjects as varied as the Loch Ness monster, the location of a Samuel Beckett play, or the history of Minimalist art.