Sylvie Guillem, in my opinion the most relevant female artist of today, has again pulled it off with this stunning "family album", correctly named Invitation. After "Sylvie Guillem" - the little book of photographs, which sold out completely in just a few weeks, it was clear that Guillem's fans were craving for more photographic details on the "artiste étoile".
With this new book, Guillem "invites" us to take a privileged seat and quietly realize her busy and most unusual life. Each photo, carefully picked, is in itself an isolated object that demands paused and profound contemplation. Her exquisite artistry oozes from every detail, every movement, and every second captured on film.
Also, important to mention and recognize, is the amazing talent of Gilles Tapie (French photographer) who has followed Guillem for many years, and because of whom this book was made possible. His work is raw and powerful at times, and gentle and almost ethereal at others. His unique view on Guillem is irreprehensible. Some of Guillem's self-portraits are also included on this book, and her amazing ability to push the limits a bit further is prominent in those particular captures.
Documents on the subject of Sylvie Guillem are rare, may they be taped or printed, and are mere peek holes over a much greater reality. But this time, Guillem has opened a wide window over herself, and the invitation to let us watch her is sincere. The book itself is huge and heavy (about 400 photos), a clear proof that Guillem was willing to show a lot, and surely delivers with this masterpiece.
Again, a rare view over Guillem's world which I consider absolutely essential!