Lisa Tan


Never before have I seen such an austerely conceptual exhibition with so few images and so much text that, at the same time, was imbued with such lightness, tenderness, heartfelt longing, imagination, and even humor. For her previous show in Munich, New York–based artist Lisa Tan plotted out an imaginary journey in The Garden of Earthly Delights, 2004, that would take her to visit all the publicly exhibited works by Hieronymus Bosch in 124 days. In this exhibition, “The Baudelaire Itineraries,” she turned her attention to the writings of the French poet, art critic, and dandy Charles Baudelaire. Selecting pages from an English translation of his review of the Salon of 1846, she constructed an itinerary to visit the artworks mentioned, now housed around the world.

The show opened with a photograph of the title page of Art in Paris 1845–1862, edited by Jonathan Mayne, from which she took

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