Dark Light

Realism in the Age of Post-Truths. Selections from the Tony and Elham Salamé Collection–Aïshti Foundation


The book assembles work of over 40 artists and more than 150 pieces from the Tony and Elham Salamé collection


ISBN: 9788857248851 Category:

Massimiliano Gioni


Taking its title from a 2017 painting by the American artist Nicole Eisenman held in the collection, this publication brings together recent acquisitions that question the meanings and functions of figuration in contemporary art. As the very definitions of truth have eroded dramatically in recent years, many contemporary artists – especially those working in the United States – have proceeded to analyze, interrogate, and deconstruct the notion of realism. Dark Light brings together work from an emerging group of artists who are investigating new approaches to figurative imagery through autobiography, depictions of the body, and the influence of new technologies, along with contributions by important predecessors who have anticipated current discussions around representation and verism. The recent acquisitions featured in Dark Light include important works by established painters such as Etel Adnan, George Condo, Karen Kilimnik, Maria Lassnig, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Peter Saul, and Joan Semmel, presented in dialogue with an intergenerational group of artists including Louise Bonnet, Cecily Brown, Shara Hughes, Lucy McKenzie, Laura Owens, Christina Quarles, Henry Taylor, and Matthew Wong.

Additional information

Weight 3318 g
Dimensions 25.9 x 29.9 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 30 June 2023
Number of pages 464
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.9 x 29.9 cm
Weight 3318 g


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Massimiliano Gioni, Italian curator and contemporary art critic based in New York, is Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum. He is the Artistic Director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation in Milan as well as the Artistic Director of the Beatrice Trussardi Foundation. Gioni was the curator of the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.