- Robert Filliou Sauve, France, 1926 - Les Eyzies, France, 1987
- Material:Wood, pencil, ink, black and white photograph and canvas
- Descriptive technique:Work consisting of a black and white photograph with scribbling in ink, a frame stretcher with an inscription and a canvas with a screwed-on box
- Dimensions:Overall: 34 x 94,5 x 7 cm / Right part: 26,8 x 22 cm / Central part: 28,3 x 38 cm / Left part: 26,8 x 21,8 x 7 cm
- Category: Sculpture
- Entry date:2010
- Register number:AD05820
- Image credit:© Estate of Robert Filliou. Courtesy Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris
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Robert Filliou’s work was born of the art/life interconnections that came about from the late 1950s onwards, and really took off as part of the living, anti-art, anti-commercial driving force that was Fluxus. As Filliou himself said: “Art is what makes life more interesting than art.” Authorship, much-reviled artistic “taste” and the very existence of the artwork are all challenged with gestures not far from the Marcel Duchamp ready-mades. The work consists of a photograph of the artist wearing a paper hat (an inescapable iconic reference to puppet regimes and fake authority), an empty wooden box and the back of a canvas bearing the hand-written inscription “Portrait de l’artiste”. Autoportrait bien fait, mal fait, pas fait (Self-Portrait Well Made, Badly Made, Not Made) is an ironic comment on the artwork’s iconic character, by means of a triptych created to ridicule both the artist himself and his creation. An addition to the old academic idea of art being “well” or “badly” made is the concept of it being “not made”, as a recognition of inactivity or a reminder of the progressive disappearance of the artist as he had been conceived up to that point, or of the dematerialisation of the work of art as actions are pursued that expand the traditional physical frameworks of art.
Carmen Fernández Aparicio
Filliou, Robert ( 1926-1987)[Bruxelles, Hamburg : Lebeer Hossmann, 1977]
Filliou, Robert ( 1926-1987)Bruxelles : Lebeer Hossmann ; Crisnée : Yellow Now, 2003.
Robert Filliou : genie ohne talent / [Katalogkoncept, Sylvie Jouval, Heike van den Valentyn ; Redaktion, Heike van den Valentyn].Filliou, Robert ( 1926-1987)Düsseldorf : Museum Kunst Palast ; Ostfildern-Ruit : Hatje Cantz, 2003.
Six Fillious : being B. P. Nichol's translation of Robert Filliou's 14 chansons et 1 charade into English (+ Filliou's original text) + Steve McCaffery's translation of George Brecht's translation of Robert Filliou's 14 chansons et 1 charade into English into English (+ Brecht's translation into English, 14 songs and 1 riddle) + Dick Higgins' translation of Dieter Roth's translation of Robert Filliou's 14 chansons et 1 charade into German into English (+ Roth's translation into German, 14 chansons und 1 Ratsel).Filliou, Robert ( 1926-1987)Milwaukee (Wisconsin) : Membrane Press, 1978.
Whispered art history = L'histoire chuchotée de l'art / Robert Filliou ; traduit de l'anglais par Anne-Marie Hui Bon Hoa.Filliou, Robert ( 1926-1987)Sauve : Clémence Hiver, 1995.