Texts by Eduardo Abaroa, Francesco Careri, T.J. Demos, Carla Faesler, Boris Groys, Miwon Kwon, Tom McDonough, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Laymert Garcia dos Santos, Lorna Scott Fox, and Eyal Weizman
Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception was published to accompany the artist’s largest retrospective organized by the Tate Modern, London, in 2010. The exhibition traveled to the Wiels Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels, and was presented as a multi-venue show at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and MoMA PS1, Long Island City. Alÿs, who works in a variety of media and a range of scales, fashions much of his work from the street life he observes during long walks throughout the city. This publication reads more like a guidebook than a conventional exhibition catalogue, reflecting the spirit of his wandering practice. With an introductory essay by Tate Modern curator Mark Godfrey and comments on over sixty key works by Alÿs and long-time collaborator Cuauhtémoc Medina, it features a dictionary of quotes from the artist compiled by MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach as well as responses to his work from a range of international contributors, including artists, critics, poets, and urban theorists.