Synopses & Reviews
The Belgian-born conceptual painter and artistic interventionist Francis Alys developed The Sign Painting Project over a period of four years. He began by painting fairly small canvases depicting people and objects in the flat, brightly-colored manner of billboard advertisements. The artist, who currently lives in Mexico, then asked local sign-painters Juan Garcia, Enrique Huerta and Emilio Rivera to copy and enlarge his paintings. The result of the artists' combined labors is a set of 120 paintings that reveal variations on particular themes and that inevitably provoke questions about collaboration, authorship and originality. This book, which features 300 color plates, is a catalogue raisonne of that project.
This is a catalogue of Francis AlAAs' The Sign Painting Project, made between 1993 and 1997. Francis AlAAs was born in the Belgian city of Antwerp in 1959. He has lived and worked in Mexico City since 1987. Between 1978 and 1983, AlAAs studied architecture at the Institut d'Architecture de Tournai, before going on to undertake postgraduate studies at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia from 1983 to 1986. AlAAs has worked in the fine arts field since the beginning of the 1990s.