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Thomas Demand

Norman Mailer once suggested that a mountain of lies, carefully considered, could project a better picture of the truth than any inflexible adherence to reality.

C Magazine, May 2001

Writing about the CIA and the duplicitous theatrics of counterespionage, Norman Mailer once suggested that a mountain of lies,carefully considered, could project a better picture of the truth than any inflexible adherence to reality. This echoes Picasso's famous pronouncement that art itself is a lie, the truth of painting proportional to its ability to persuade. Something of the same principle operates in the photographs of Thomas Demand, whose work continues to examine the objective fidelity of the photographic document.

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