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Rémi Labrusse

teaches art history in Paris. In 2019, he published a book on the birth of the idea of prehistory, Préhistoire, l'envers du temps, and co-curated an exhibition on this subject at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

I am Prehistory

You’re standing in front of a prehistoric work of art: or at least, you’re being told that it’s a “work of art,” and you’re also being told that it’s “prehistoric”—let’s say roughly 25 or 35 thousand years old. It’s a group of animals drawn in charcoal across a cave wall, for instance, or perhaps it’s a small faceless female figure with visible genitalia that’s engraved onto a fragment of a mammoth’s ivory tusk. All these facts were provided by experts to you in just a few minutes.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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