Sophie Calle by Sophie Calle
The Address Book

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The Address Book, a key and controversial work in Sophie Calle's oeuvre, lies at the epicenter of many layers of reality and fiction. Having found a lost address book on the street in Paris, Calle copied the pages before returning it anonymously to its owner. She then embarked on a search to come to know this stranger by contacting listed individuals--in essence, following him through the map of his acquaintances. Originally published as a serial in the newspaper Libération over the course of one month, her incisive written accounts with friends, family and colleagues, juxtaposed with photographs, yield vivid subjective impressions of the address book's owner, Pierre D., while also suggesting ever more complicated stories as information is parsed and withheld by the people she encounters. Collaged through a multitude of details--from the banal to the luminous, this fragile and strangely intimate portrait of Pierre D. is a prism through which to see the desire for, and the elusivity of, knowledge. Upon learning of this work and its publication in the newspaper, Pierre D. expressed his anger, and Calle agreed not to republish the work until after his death. Until then, The Address Book had only been described in English--as the work of the character Maria Turner, whom Paul Auster based on Calle in his novel Leviathan; and in Double Game, Calle's monograph which converses with Auster's novel. This is the first trade publication in English of The Address Book (Gemini G.E.L. in Los Angeles released a suite of lithographs modeled on the original tabloid pages from Libération in an edition of 24). The book has the physical weight and feel of an actual address book with a new design of text and images which allow the story to unfold and be savored by the reader.
 

About Sophie Calle

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Sophie Calle was born in Paris in 1953. Since the 1980s, her installations have received international recognition at galleries and museums throughout the world.
 
Published September 30, 2012 by Siglio. 104 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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Yet what she presents in the gallery – photographs, a diary – stress distance and mystery, painting a tender portrait of a stranger.

Oct 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Sophie Calle: The Address Book

Publishers Weekly

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Is it just a coincidence that this fantastical catalogue of French artist Sophie Calle's projects over the years ever so slightly resembles, in its intimate size (23.5 cm x 16.8 cm) and padded cover, a diary?

Apr 05 2004 | Read Full Review of Sophie Calle: The Address Book

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Available for the first time in English since its controversial French publication in 1983, the book documents how, after stumbling across a lost address book belonging to a stranger named Pierre D., Calle sets out to understand its owner.

Sep 03 2012 | Read Full Review of Sophie Calle: The Address Book

Los Angeles Review of Books

IN A 2008 CONVERSATION between artists Sophie Calle and Jill Magid, Calle noted that L’Homme au carnet (aka The Address Book, 1983) was her only work to date where she “went too far.” “I think that for the guy it was very cruel,” she observed.

Oct 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Sophie Calle: The Address Book

Los Angeles Review of Books

Sophie Calle is an internationally recognized French artist whose work incorporates photography, performance, and writing.

Oct 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Sophie Calle: The Address Book

Los Angeles Review of Books

October 25th, 2012 reset - + IN A 2008 CONVERSATION between artists Sophie Calle and Jill Magid, Calle noted that L’Homme au carnet (aka The Address Book, 1983) was her only work to date where she “went too far.” “I think that for the guy it was very cruel,” she observed.

Oct 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Sophie Calle: The Address Book

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