Les Salons noirs
Optimistic pessimism: Alan Huck's “Salons noirs” and other groups of works.
1st edition, 2015
Text in English and French
112 pages, 78 b/w illustrations
14.5 x 21.5 cm
A founding member of Swiss artists’ collective M/2, Alain Huck works across media, including painting, drawing, video, and photography. The subject of critical and commercial acclaim, his ambitious Les salons noirs series consists of eighty large-scale charcoal drawings characterized by the superimposition of images atop one another, contributing to a captivating blurred effect.
This book presents Huck’s Les salons noirs in its entirety and alongside a selection of recent works by Huck, placing this most recent series in the context of his broader body of work and shedding light on his artistic technique and creative process. In addition to affording new ways of approaching Les salons noirs and Huck’s broader body of work, the book also compares Huck’s work with that of other artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Arnold Böcklin, Robert Longo, and Gerhard Richter.