TARYN SIMON AT ALMINE RECH
The NYC artist and photographer Taryn Simon presents a new series of works in Paris, The Picture Collection. The series comprises 49 works created from the New York Public Library’s picture archive, one of the august institution’s lesser-known troves. The archive contains 1.29 million prints, postcards, posters, and images carefully clipped from books and magazines. Organised by a complex cataloguing system of over 12,000 subject headings, it is the largest circulating picture library in the world. In The Picture Collection, Taryn Simon highlights the impulse to archive and organize visual information, and points to the invisible hands behind seemingly neutral systems of image gathering. Simon sees this extensive archive of images as a precursor to Internet search engines. The digital is foreshadowed in the analog, at the same time that history—its classifications, its contents—seems the stuff of projection. Also on view is a selection from Simon’s Black Square (2006-2013) series, in which she photographs disorienting subjects within the exact frame size as Kazimir Malevich’s 1915 Suprematist masterpiece, Black Square.
Until 21 Dec. 11am-7pm. Closed Sun, Mon.
Almine Rech, 64 rue de Turenne, 3rd. www.alminerech.com