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The Vanity of Certain Flowers
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 908258770X, Unknown Binding)Even if you don't know his name, you know Peter De Potter's work - whether it's the now-legendary pieces he worked on over a ten-year collaboration with fellow Belgian Raf Simons, his exploration of youth online expressed by screengrabs ripped from social media and hosted only on Tumblr, or the more recent, much-memed cover for Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. Still, in his years of working as an artist making a mark on fashion, youth and visual culture, De Potter has never released a book. Of course, he's contributed to them - like the outsider teen bible The Fourth Sex: Adolescent Extremes, created in conjunction with Simons' 2003 Pitti exhibition - but he hasn't created one of his own. That's all about to change, though. The Vanity of Certain Flowers is a self-published 272-page monograph of entirely new work, containing photography, photomontages, and graphics. Described as "a mental landscape broken down into hundreds of images," it both explores visually familiar territory for De Potter (the male body, sportswear, crucifixes) and gestures to something new, focussing on the concept of "retreat". But rather than escapism or admitting defeat, his call for retreat is one for "self education rather than self gratification", a move away from a culture that's increasingly obsessed with status and ambition towards the idea of an almost spiritual search for truth inside yourself.
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