canadian artist leanne shapton prefaces her latest project by pointing out, that ‘auction catalogs can tell you a lot about a person’. this statement rings especially true after seeing the recent auction for the belongings of yves saint-laurent. shapton exploits this in here new publication ‘important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris, including books, street fashion, and jewelry’. the book is a fictional auction catalog for two imaginary people that aims to tell their story through this format. through photographs of the couple’s personal effects, the author attempts to piece together what remains from the couple’s relationship. ‘from first meeting to final separation, the progress and rituals of intimacy are revealed through the couple’s accumulated relics and memorabilia. and a love story, in all its tenderness and struggle, emerges from the evidence that has been left behind, laid out for us to appraise and appreciate.’

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'important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris' by leanne shapton

'important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris' by leanne shapton

'important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris' by leanne shapton

'important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris' by leanne shapton

'important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris' by leanne shapton

'important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris' by leanne shapton

'important artifacts and personal property from the collection of lenore doolan and harold morris' by leanne shapton