Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rut Blees Luxemburg

Commonsensual: The Works of Rut Blees Luxemburg is the most authoritative survey of the photographer’s work to date. Drawing on such influences as Giambattista Vico’s notion of Sensus Communis (or collective sense), Luxemburg’s projects include A Modern Project (used on the CD cover for The Streets’ Original Pirate Material) and the opera Liebeslied/My Suicides, based on the photographic series Liebeslied, as well as To Delphi, Faust 2, pied-à-terre lumière, Phantom, ffolly, and
Piccadilly’s Peccadilloes.

With an introduction by Regis Durand, former director of the Jeu de Paume and the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris, and texts by poet Douglas Park, and philosopher Alexander Garcia Duttmann, Commonsensual deftly summarises the many nuances of Blees Luxemburg’s work.

To coincide with the release of the book, Black Dog Publishing have an exhibition of Rut Blees Luxemburg photographs.

1 comment:

John Edwards said...

I really enjoyed the book - see my post at

I haven't heard of Giambattista Vico’s notion of Sensus Communis - I'll have to look that up.