Francis Alÿs

Francis Alÿs: A Story of Deception, currently in London and travelling to New York and Brussels, is billed as “the largest retrospective of Alÿs’ work to date.”

London reviews by Sue Hubbard, Richard Dorment (“Tate Modern’s finest show to date by a living artist”), Brian Dillon, Laura Cummings, Laura McLean-Ferris, Rachel Spence and Jenny Wilson.

For the exhibition, Tate scheduled a lecture by Boris Groys and a panel with T.J. Demos, Anna Dezeuze and Catherine Lampert, chaired by Mark Godfrey. The catalog, edited by Godfrey and Klaus Biesenbach, has contributions from Eduardo Abaroa, Biesenbach, Francesco Careri, Carla Faesler, Godfrey, Groys, Miwon Kwon, Tom McDonough, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Laymert Garcia dos Santos and Eyal Weizman (DAP, Amazon). The artist’s website has videos online; also David Zwirner and DailyServing (updated September 2010).

In the spring, Francis Alÿs: Le Temps du Sommeil was at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin ( Charta published the catalog, with an afterword from Enrique Juncosa (DAP, Amazon). Last year, Grant Kester published “Lessons in Futility: Francis Alÿs and the Legacy of May ’68” in Third Text 99. In 2008-09, Francis Alÿs: Fabiola was on view at the Hispanic Society and LACMA, and the Sammlung Goetz published a “condensed retrospective” (DAP; Amazon). Earlier books by the artist are listed at