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The World, the Flesh and the Devil presents a project developed by the artist Marianne Vitale around the history of an American hospital built in France during the First World War.

The World, the Flesh and the Devil
Marianne Vitale

Co-published with American Art Catalogues

With an essay by Rachel Valinsky
Translated from the English (American) by Manon Lutanie

Published in January 2021
Printed in Italy
750 copies
22,5 x 28 cm, 9 x 11 in., 120 pages
Bilingual edition (French, English)
ISBN: 978-1-64871-894-6
Price: €32,50 + shipping costs

Editor: Manon Lutanie
Design: American Art Catalogues


Marianne Vitale (b. 1973) is an American artist who lives and works in New York City. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1996. For the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Vitale exhibited Patron, a highly acclaimed video piece centered on contemporary art as an arena of sadomasochism. Since then, Vitale has often focused on sculptural installations of burnt wood and steel railroad components sourced from US rail yards. Such manipulation creates a formal link between past and present, continually recalling and deconstructing the dark undertones of westward expansion and traditional notions of America. Vitale's work was celebrated as part of the 59th Biennale di Venezia, 2022, with a large-scale outdoor installation Bottles and Bridges: Advances in Collective Obliteration. Her work has been exhibited throughout New York including at The High Line; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Journal Gallery; White Columns; Karma; Zach Feuer Gallery; The Sculpture Center; Invisible-Exports; The Elaine de Kooning House, East Hampton; and Performa. Across the United States her work has appeared at The Contemporary, Austin, Texas; Venus Over Los Angeles; Various Small Fires, LA; and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. Overseas presentations include Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin; Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers; UKS, Oslo; Tensta Kunsthall, Stockholm; Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria; Kling & Bang, Reykjavík, Iceland; Saatchi Gallery, London.