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The Luminous Interval: The D.Daskalopoulos Collection
Edited by Katherine Brinson and Simon Critchley with contributions by Brian Sholis, Nancy Spector, Susan Thompson, and Jamieson Webster
Published in 2011
216 pages with 160 color illustrations
Hardcover, 9 x 10.5 inches
The Luminous Interval accompanies the Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition of works drawn from the D. Daskalopoulos Collection. Daskalopoulos’ collecting practices are inspired in part by the writings of the Greek philosopher Nikos Kazantzakis, who envisioned life as the “luminous interval” bridging the twin abysses of birth and death. Balancing renderings of chaotic fragmentation with forms defined by geometric containment and restraint, the works explore the coexistence of hope and despair within the human condition. Encompassing works in various mediums by more than 30 artists, including Steve McQueen, Wangechi Mutu, Rivane Neuenschwander and Walid Raad, the result is a survey of some of the most salient artistic developments of recent decades. This fully illustrated catalogue features an interview with Daskalopoulos, short texts about each artist, and critical essays by philosopher Simon Critchley with Jamieson Webster and art critic Brian Sholis.