Johan Grimonprez Looking for Alfred
Published by Hatje Cantz, 2007.
Hardcover, 8 x 10 in. / 300 pages
Alfred Hitchcock's legendary cameos in his own films are the starting point for Looking for Alfred
, a highly acclaimed 2005 project by Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez (*1962). This homage to the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchkock also demonstrates an equal amount of reverence for the visual world created by Surrealist painter René Magritte.
Including sketches and collages, the publication documents the creation of his film installation Looking for Alfred
. As in
Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, Grimonprez's outstanding 1997 media collage, Looking for Alfred
plays with various levels of reality, and with simulations and deceptions. With the help of a mind-boggling crowd of Hitchcock look-alikes, the artist deftly deconstructs conventional notions of reality.
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