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Jef Geys, Esmeralda, 1970, ink, colored pencil, black-and-white C-print, offset print, 26 x 17 5/8". From the series “Passeports de vaches” (Cow Passports), 1965–.

Jef Geys

Air de Paris

Jef Geys, Esmeralda, 1970, ink, colored pencil, black-and-white C-print, offset print, 26 x 17 5/8". From the series “Passeports de vaches” (Cow Passports), 1965–.

Twenty-one black-and-white photographs of cows, arranged in a vertical grid seven high and three across, adorn the front page of the special edition of KEMPENS Informatieblad (KEMPENS Information Journal)—a sort of personal newspaper named for the Belgian Campine region in which Jef Geys lives—published for his exhibition at Air de Paris. They correspond to the new entries in his series “Passeports de vaches”(Cow Passports), 1965–, arranged in the show in a different, horizontally oriented grid. Based on actual documents that Geys first saw in the Belgian countryside nearly fifty years ago, each Passeport de vache consists of two components in a rectangular gray frame: the cow’s photograph in the top half and a form below with basic information (date of birth, name, and gender—always female, as no bulls or steers are included) and a generic outline of a cow in

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