Text/authors: Maria Rus Bojan, Alessandro Cassin
isbn: 978-90-78088-72-1   ..  € 35,00  .. buy book

Whispers: Ulay on Ulay

• Listen to an interview with Ulay about Whispers @ I Never Read Radio, Art Book Fair Basel, June 18th 2015

Volkskrant, 15-01-2015, blz. 20 + Volkskrant, 15-01-2015, blz. 21
BNN, 05-12-2015, Culture, p 11
Revista Arta, 13-2015, Anul VI, p. 169 (Romanian)
Museumtijdschrift, nr 8 - december2015-januari2016, pp. 79 more

Uwe Frank Laysiepen (born 1943), better known as Ulay, has been a pioneer of Polaroid photography and one of the central figures of performance art since the 1970s. A singular presence among the artists of his generation, his radically innovative work, partly known for his twelve-year partnership with Marina Abramović, has received critical acclaim worldwide.

Whispers: Ulay on Ulay reveals an extremely innovative oeuvre that is coherently rooted in a personal life philosophy, which is guided by strong ethical principles. This book attempts to uncover the threads that weave the seemingly disparate aspects of his work into a fabric of passionate pursuits, driven by a rigourous inner necessity. ‘I have produced a very bizarre body of work,’ Ulay says of his artistic career, ‘I have experimented a lot. You have to if you are aiming at something that does not yet exist.’

Ulay’s work is introduced and analyzed by Maria Rus Bojan, who explores the artist’s themes and development, spanning more than four decades. more

In a long, thematic interview with Alessandro Cassin, Ulay speaks openly about his life and career. This generous volume provides new insight into the attitude, ways of working, the early work and current endeavors of the artist.

Maria Rus Bojan is a Romanian art critic and curator who lives and works in Amsterdam. She has been a curator at the Art Museum in Cluj, RO, director of the Sindan Cultural Foundation Bucharest, RO and currently runs an art consultancy office in Amsterdam, NL. Her curatorial activities include several international exhibitions in art institutions in Luxembourg, Linz, AT, Belgrade, RS, Paris, Berlin, New York, Beijing, and other cities. In 2005, she organized Ulay’s first major retrospective ‘GEN.E.T.RATION ULTIMA RATIO’ in Centro Parraga, Murcia, ES, followed by several other monographic exhibitions in Amsterdam in 2010 and in Berlin in 2014. In 2011, she was co-curator of ‘Performing History’, the Romanian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, IT. more

Alessandro Cassin is an Italian journalist based in New York. He writes for L’Espresso, IT, Arquine, MX, The Brooklyn Rail, USA and other magazines. He studied philosophy at Columbia University and has worked in theater in Italy and the USA. He is a co-founder of Mulita roductions International Performance Group and he has worked as assistant director to Joseph Chaikin, Aldo Braibanti and Francois Kahn. In 2011, he interviewed the curatorial team of the Romanian Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia, for Performing History, published in IDEA arts + society. As a journalist he specializes in ‘long form’ interviews with, among others, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Joan Didion, Charlotte Dumas and Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris. He is currently Director of Publishing at Centro Primo Levi, New York.

Contributors: Marina Abramović, Laurie Anderson, Timea Andrea Lelik, Tevž Logar, Thomas McEvilley, Charlemagne Palestine, Lena Pislak, John Reuter, Silvio Wolf back

Whispers: Ulay on Ulay
Graphic Design: Haller Brun .. 536 pages .. 24 x 17 cm (h x w) .. hardbound .. English .. supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds