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Sven Augustijnen, L’histoire est simple et édifiante: Une sélection d’articles parus dans Paris Match, première partie 1960–1972 (The Story Is Simple and Edifying: A Selection of Articles Published in Paris Match, Part One 1960–1972) (detail), 2014, eighty Paris Match magazines, dimensions variable.

Sven Augustijnen

Jan Mot

Sven Augustijnen, L’histoire est simple et édifiante: Une sélection d’articles parus dans Paris Match, première partie 1960–1972 (The Story Is Simple and Edifying: A Selection of Articles Published in Paris Match, Part One 1960–1972) (detail), 2014, eighty Paris Match magazines, dimensions variable.

As D. W. Griffith said, all audiences want to see is “a girl and a gun.” Sven Augustijnen has perverted this crowd-pleasing formula by throwing a topless male centerfold smack in the middle of his documentary-esque L’histoire est simple et édifiante: Une sélection d’articles parus dans Paris Match, première partie 1960–1972 (The Story Is Simple and Edifying: A Selection of Articles Published in Paris Match, Part One 1960–1972), 2014. The ever-photogenic Ernesto “Che” Guevara is the model in question, and here he is sprawled over a white bed while suggestively sipping yerba mate. The spread, shot in 1959 by Andrew Saint-George, is one of eighty-two unaltered gatefolds from old Paris Match magazines selected and placed side by side in chronological order by the artist and presented here on long, table-like displays that ran along the sides of an otherwise empty gallery.

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