PRINT April 1989

PROTECTION, A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM

Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager

In today’s newsletter, the editors look back at a project created by French artists Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager for Artforum’s April 1989 issue. Boltanski passed away on July 14 at the age of seventy-six.

“Protection”—the tender, eerie project created by Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager for Artforum’s April 1989 issue—comprises two photographs by Boltanski, each facing an image of a sculpture by Messager; in effect, the artists created two diptychs, a kind of call-and-response across four pages of the magazine. The first of his muzzy black-and-white snaps is of a child soundly