Claire de Rouen

photo 1Lily Luahana Cole, Gabriel Orozco: Impossible Utopias, Claire de Rouen Books, Lucy Moore (ed.), London, 2014, 140 pp, 235 x 165mm

Edition of 500. Designed by Carol Montpart.

Impossible Utopias is the first book by model, actress and social entrepreneur Lily Cole. The text was originally written as a thesis, submitted to the University of Cambridge as part of her BA in History of Art. In it Cole employs the work of Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco as a vehicle to study the subject she had originally chosen to read at university – Social and Political Sciences – and ultimately to explore her own personal and socio-political philosophy. During the production of the text, Cole liaised closely with Orozco himself – his contribution to the text can be keenly felt, not least in the use of his handwriting as the book’s lead typeface.

Claire de Rouen Books is a specialist photography, fashion, and art bookshop in central London. Claire de Rouen stocks photo books, fashion monographs, micropublishing, international magazines, look books, artist publications, rare, signed and limited edition books and unique or limited edition prints, alongside an events programme including book launches and artist presentations. Room&Book, the art book fair curated by Claire de Rouen director Lucy Moore, will return for its second instalment in May 2015 at the ICA in London. Gabriel Orozco: Impossible Utopias is the first book from the new Claire de Rouen Books imprint, and will be followed by a second publication in 2015.