Iris Häussler
The Sophie La Rosière Project

Art Gallery of York University, 2017–18
6.69×10.63 in, 224 pp, 425+ col, perfect-bound softcover
ISBN 978-0-921972-73-0
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Since 2009 Iris Häussler has produced the complete oeuvre of unknown French painter Sophie La Rosière who died in 1948. In fact, Häussler has created an artistic persona—a heteronym—through which to channel this fictitious artist’s secrets while, at the same time, fabricating a biography for her and an elaborate backstory of a hidden erotic liaison that intersects, nonetheless, with real people, historical events, and actual artistic movements. The paintings, however, are merely a kernel within the larger shell of La Rosière’s life circumstances, which include the recreation of her studio, its products and detritus. The book comprises the elements of a forensic investigation that tries to answer the questions, after the paintings’ discovery, of why these paintings were abandoned, why they were concealed by a layer of black encaustic, and, ultimately, what secrets they conceal. Following the spirit of the overall project, this book includes a catalogue raisonné of all of Sophie La Rosière’s 292 works, forensic evidence, expert analyses, and official reports.

Contributions include texts by curators Philip Monk, Rui Mateus Amaral, and Catherine Sicot, art historian Gérard Audinet, and psychoanalyst Yan Pélissier, as well as the work of Iris Häussler, Sophie La Rosière, and Florence [Hasard].

Includes texts in English and French.

See also

Iris Häussler: The Sophie La Rosière Project

Iris Häussler: The Sophie La Rosière Project
monograph
Winter 2017–8

Opening night

Opening night
The Sophie La Rosière Project
14 Sep 2016

Iris Häussler: The Sophie La Rosière Project

Iris Häussler: The Sophie La Rosière Project
on-site exhibition
14 Sep – 11 Dec 2016

Floor Plan

Floor Plan
The Sophie La Rosière Project
14 Sep – 11 Dec 2016

Exhibition views

Exhibition views
The Sophie La Rosière Project
14 Sep – 11 Dec 2016

Martha Baillie: Tiny Topographies and Feminist Tarot

Martha Baillie: Tiny Topographies and Feminist Tarot
performance bus
14 Sep 2016

Affiliated exhibition views

Affiliated exhibition views
Scrap Metal Gallery
21 Sep – 17 Dec 2016

Affiliated exhibition views

Affiliated exhibition views
Daniel Faria Gallery
9 Mar – 29 Apr 2017

In Search of Sophie: Interview by William Brereton

In Search of Sophie: Interview by William Brereton
call and response
6 Sep 2016

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