Allen Ruppersberg

Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie

Allen Ruppersberg’s autobiographical Conceptualism tracks his day-to-day life, without a trace of nostalgia for the metaphysics of self. It is in the elimination of its autonomy that the subject fears for itself, not based on an idealism whereby experience, in its immediacy, would rush in to fill the gap, but, rather, with respect to the mediation of multiple fictions, narratives, and stories that captivate the subject. Ruppersberg’s “Me” is a nomadic passage from narrative to narrative, a transference between life and fiction. Conceptual art is here a way of turning literature against the mythic construct of the artist. At the same time, Ruppersberg employs metaphor—its primary devices: the use of one word for another, someone else’s story as a vehicle to speak about oneself. Such is the narrative condition (both original and artificial) of the self—“The Myth of Metaphor” that Ruppersberg’s

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