Riding Modern Art


This volume brings together a collection of 50 black-and-white photographs of people skateboarding on sculptures in public spaces. French artist Raphaël Zarka, a historian of skateboarding, studied the process of appropriation and reuse of these works of art in the public realm—challenging skateboarders to test their limits with new maneuvers and tricks—and thereby shifting the approach to a work of art in a way that underlines the dynamism of modern urban sculpture. The idea of movement in these often abstract and geometric pieces is made visible by the skateboarders, translated into pure physics and raw energy.

Zarka first presented “Riding Modern Art” at the 2007 Lyon biennial. Since then, the series has become a participative work, with contributions from numerous photographers and skaters.

With works by Picasso, Oteiza, Volten, and more. The volume includes intentionally blank pages for the artists who did not want to have their work featured.

Edited by Raphaël Zarka

Softcover, 152 pages, black & white, 8.5 × 11.75 inches

Published by B42

ISBN: 978-2-917855-87-4