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Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris

Author: Shapton Leanne
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Auction catalogs can tell you a lot about a person--their passions and vanities, peccadilloes and aesthetics; their flush years and lean. Think of the collections of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Truman Capote, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

In Leanne Shapton's marvelously inventive and invented auction catalog, the 325 lots up for auction are what remain from the relationship between Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris (who aren't real people, but might as well be). Through photographs of the couple's personal effects--the usual auction items (jewelry, fine art, and rare furniture) and the seemingly worthless (pajamas, Post-it notes, worn paperbacks)--the story of a failed love affair vividly (and cleverly) emerges. From first meeting to final separation, the progress and rituals of intimacy are revealed through the couple's accumulated relics and memorabilia. And a love story, in all its tenderness and struggle, emerges from the evidence that has been left behind, laid out for us to appraise and appreciate.

In an earlier work, "Was She Pretty?," Shapton, a talented artist and illustrator, subtly explored the seemingly simple yet powerfully complicated nature of sexual jealousy. In "Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris"--a very different yet equally original book--she invites us to contemplate what is truly valuable, and to consider the art we make of our private lives.

"Taken together, the item descriptions provide a running, cumulative portrait of one couple's glorious rise and deflating fall. . . For people who have ever thought that the little gestures, tokens and inside jokes of their relationships were unique to them, Ms. Shapton's book comes as a poignant, jarring reminder of the sameness of the steps that so many couples retrace. . . Despite the mist of melancholy that floats amid this photographic record, there is also humor, caprice, knowingness and the implicit suggestion that changing feelings and fading possessions can't rob a true romance of the value it had at its height. As Lenore and Hal's remembrances show, a love affair is worth more than its trappings could fetch at a jumble sale." --Liesl Schillinger, "The New York Times""" """"Important Artifacts . . . from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris" may "look" like an everyday auction catalog. But the auction itself is a literary conceit: What this book-type object really does is show us the trajectory of a failed four-year relationship -- by showing us the physical detritus that two (fictional) lovers leaver in their wake. "Conceived and executed by the art director of the "New York Times" Op-Ed page, Leanne Shapton, the story concerns Lenore Doolan (a food writer for the "Times") and Hal Morris (a photographer). Doolan appears to have been a clever and adoring girlfriend, who showered the often-absent Morris with confetti-packed envelopes (LOT 1126) and lavender pajamas (LOT 1061). Morris, who had commitment issues "and" a drinking problem, expressed himself via mixtapes (LOTS 1276 and 1044). What finally drove them apart? Each of the 331 lots provides another piece of the puzzle. Yes, breaking up is hard to do, but reading about it has never been so pleasurable." --"Very Short List" "[Shapton's] book tells the story of a hopeful young New York couple and their four-year relationship almost completely through their things, many of which end up uncere
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General Fields

  • : 9780374175306
  • : Sarah Crichton Books
  • : February 2009
  • : 234mm X 181mm X 10mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Shapton Leanne
  • : illustrations
  • : P
  • : 2009
  • : 129