Francis Alys recreating a political border between Israel and Jordan.

Francis Alÿs The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic) 2005

Francis Alÿs - a story of deception http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1104

gallowhill: “ Francis Alÿs - When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002 Alÿs visited Lima in 2000 just before the collapse of the Fujimori government and found ‘a desperate situation that called for an “epic.

Francis Alys, Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River, 2008, Strait of Gibraltar Video and photographic documentation of an action, Photo:Jorge Golem

Francis Alys, Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River, Strait of Gibraltar Video and photographic documentation of an action, Photo:Jorge Golem

Taking photos of a journey when going somewhere. Getting ready, leaving the house, on the train at east Croydon, at station of the place where I am going, at some places, and then journey back(?)

Francis Alÿs: Paradox of Praxis 1 (sometimes doing something leads to nothing)

francis alys - zocalo

The Performance of the Public Square. Francis Alys / Zocalo / Mexico City Photographed the natural congregation of people looking for shade in the only place this happens - under the flag pole.

Francis Alÿs, Untitled: Boy with Jug (2000), oil, pencil, and pressure-sensitive tape on two pieces of transparentized paper, 12 x 8 in.

artspotting: “ Alys, Francis - Untitled (Boy with Jug) - Art Now / Recent - Genre - Mixed technique ”

FRANCIS ALŸS Untitled, 1997 oil on canvas 8 1/4 x 11 1/8 in. (21 x 28.3 cm) Signed and dated "Francis Alÿs 1997" on the reverse.

FRANCIS ALŸS Untitled, 1997 oil on canvas 8 x 11 in. x cm) Signed and dated "Francis Alÿs on the reverse.


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Francis Alys – a Belgium artist renowned for his diverse body of work that examines the tension between politics and poetics by exploring space through a range of mediums.  Alys commonly enacts paseos—walks that resist the subjection of common space.  His most famous walking artworks include The Collector (1991), Fairy Tales (1995), The Leak (1995, 2004) as shown in the image.

Francis Alÿs: walking the line

Francis Alÿs The Green Line (Sometimes doing something poetic can become political and sometimes doing something political can become poetic) 2005

Francis Alÿs, collaborating with Rafael Ortega & Cuauhtémoc Medina, When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002

Francis Alÿs (belgium artist), collaborating with Rafael Ortega & Cuauhtémoc Medina, When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002

Francis Alÿs - Paradox of Practice I (Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing), (1997) Photographic Documentation of an Action Video, 5 min. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York

Francis Alÿs Paradox of Praxis 1 (Sometimes doing something leads to nothing) Mexico City, 1997 The is a photograph from a performance by the artist Francis Alys in which he pushed a block of ice around Mexico City until it melted away to nothing.

Francis Alÿs, Untitled from When Faith Moves Mountains, 2002. Graphite, paint, and tape on vellum. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Francis Alÿs, Untitled from When Faith Moves Mountains, Graphite, paint…

Francis Alys, "Turista" (1997)

Francis Alÿs awarded BACA The jury of the Biennial Award for Contemporary Art (BACA) 2010 prize has unanimously announced Francis Alys the winner. For over twenty years, Alÿs has li

May I keep focused on the Shepherd and follow His ways, not that of the flock.

Shepherd and Flock, the passing of days.

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