new-york

Tacita Dean

Peter Blum Gallery

Flea markets are famously fecund places. Treasure troves of detritus, they offer a rich archaeology of abandoned objects, each with its own mute, often melancholy history. For Tacita Dean, an artist deeply engaged with time’s ravages and lost or imagined narratives, the flea market has become a hunting ground for source material of all kinds. Here, in her debut as a printmaker, Dean showed three portfolios from 2001, two of which consist exclusively of images she found in flea-market photo bins.

An artist’s book is the main work of a two-part piece titled Floh (German for “flea”; Dean, a Briton, recently settled in Berlin). Printed in a copiously democratic edition of four thousand signed copies, it offers a glimpse into wonderfully diverse lost histories, filtered through Dean’s astute visual sensibility. Knitting disparate scenes of intimacy and leisure into a single “story,” she has

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