Author: Matthews~Michael Publisher: Basalt Publishers - Amsterdam Year: 1996 Artist: BREUKEL~Koos ISBN: 90-75574-03-7
HYDE, Koos Breukel.
36 pages, 14×18 cm, duo-tone +cold and silver ink
The series of portraits of Michael Matthews might almost be described as a manifesto, so strong are the lines of force prefiguring Koos Breukel’s later work.
He originally responded to a request from Matthews, an HIV-positive poet and performer who saw these photographic sessions as his “last performance’ before his death. These are sombre images of dry, dark, cracked skin, of the pure lines of a delicate bone structure, capturing the light falling on the ultimate beauty of a changing human body from which Koos was to make an artwork in its own right Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with the little book composed by Willem van Zoetendaal forming its delicate yet powerful punctuation. (text Elisabeth Nora)
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