Friday, July 10, 2015

Martial Raysse | Démocratie

Martial Raysse
Démocratie. Eau de Toilette pour Homme
Geneva, Switzerland: Editions Claude Givaudan, 1970.
14 x 11.1 x 9.7 cm.
Edition size unknown

A luxury perfume designed to smell like sweat, or "the scent of the ordinary working people," according to the artist. The work was created on the occasion of the show at Galerie Claude Givaudan: "Les Editions Claude Givaudan presentent: les Parfums de Matial Raysse, des modèles de Catherine Carrara", on the 7th July, 1970.

A copy sold for 1100 € at an auction in 2009. Note: the last three images are of the prototype, thought to exist in an edition of 10.

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