Favorite Objects: Robot,1998
Christian Boltanski (French, born 1944)
digital photograph 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (26.7 x 19.1 cm)
Gift of Robert and Brenda Edelson, 2000
Christian Boltanski was born in Paris in 1944. His artistic career began when he left formal education at the age of 12, at which point he started painting and drawing. Since the 1960s, he has worked with the ephemera of the human experience, from obituary photographs to rusted biscuit tins. Several of Boltanski's projects have used actual lost property from public spaces, such as railway stations, creating collections which memorialise the unknown owners.