A frustrated artist, in the absence of his muse, finds a series of discarded paintings and becomes an accidental author, detailing the rise of an envied, yet anonymous painter. Since its original publication, The Book of CLAV has gone on to become the defining account of La Belle Oublié (“The Beautiful Forgotten”) modern art movement that both captivated and shamed the fine art world of the 1990s.
Haunted by the paintings’ omnipresence,the artist-turned-diarist simultaneously documents the rise to fame of the erstwhile art-star known only as “CLAV,” as well as his own fall into existential despair.
The unnamed journal, mysteriously abandoned, is presented here alongside CLAV’s paintings, reprinted with permission by La Musée de la Belle Oblié. Together, they comprise a fable of human envy in the guise of a first-hand account of art’s affective power.
The book is the only historical account of a unique, if minor, art movement that characterized how art and artists are “made” and how hype and circumstance can define them throughout history.
"The story is manic and compelling, and the art puts shivers in your veins."
- Editor, Words Of Every Type
About This Book
In truth, The Book of Clav is an imagined found art piece. We think of it as a modern, illustrated fable. It is full-color, and includes a full downloadable soundtrack, and is available in a limited edition of 75 hand-numbered books.
And if that wasn't enough, the entire thing is also available to peruse online for free here. But that's just to whet your appetite, since the physical artifact is what's magical.
Only 18 of 75 books remaining in this limited edition.
Rosie Ruley Atkins
Rod Lott at Bookgasm says: "Words and art are provided by the ever-talented Scott Lambridis and Tyler Landry, and once again, they’ve done a hell of a job in presentation, for a work that’s simultaneously an experimental art project and a piece of meta fiction."
Justin Shady (Wayne Chinsang) at The Blarg says: "It’s an idea Charlie Kaufman himself should envy. Artist Tyler Landry plays the role of CLAV, and Scott Lambridis’ writing gives life to the anonymous author. Each compliments the other–the art the words, the words the art. A cohesive tone and feel is set from the beginning, and the reader/viewer knows from page one that they’re in for something they’ve never seen before."