Curated by Anne-Sophie Coiffet

Through an eclectic selection of books from the arts, sciences, humanities, and philosophy, the artist Anne-Sophie Coiffet offers an original perspective on “dark matter.” Its meaning varying according to each field, dark matter shares a complex relationship with representation. It can refer to images deriving from the depths of the psyche (the unconscious), from society (oppressed minorities), and from the natural universe (black holes). Dark matter undergirds an imaginary that permeates each field -- a boundless imaginary whose depth “does not require dimensions to exist” (Bachelard, The poetics of Space).

on the shelf

Black Light
By Pierre Soulages
Arthaus, 51 mins (DVD), $20

Caverns of Night: Coal Mines in Art, Literature, and Film
Edited by William B. Thesing
University of South Carolina Press, 281 pp, $35
Coal: A Memoir and Critique
By Duane Lockard
University of Virginia Press, 225 pp, $15
Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness
By Simone Browne
Duke University Press, 224 pp, $25 new
Kazimir Malevich: The World as Objectlessness
By Simon Baier, Britta Dümpelmann, and Kazimir Malevich
Hatje Cantz, 216 pp, $40
Malevich on Suprematism: Six Essays 1915-1926
By Malevich
University of Iowa Office of State, 116 pp, $35, used
Margins of Reality: The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World
By Robert G. Jahn and Brenda J. Dunne
ICRL Press, 432 pp, $19.95 new
Roman Opalka
By Roman Opalka
Dis Voir, $70 new
The Poetics of Space
By Gaston Bachelard
Beacon Press, 288 pp, $36
Gregory Sholette, Dark Matter: Art & Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture
By Gregory Sholette
Pluto Press, 256 pp, $20 new
Robert Smithson: Sculpture
By Robert Hobbs
Smithmark Pub, $40 used
Pierre Soulages: New Paintings
By Pierre Soulages, John Yau, and Alain Badiou
Dominique Lévy/Galerie Perrotin, 96 pp, $40
Spacetime and Geometry: The Alfred Schild Lectures
Edited by Richard A. Matzner and L.C. Shepley
University of Texas Press, 200 pp, $16 new
Three Steps to the Universe: From the Sun to Black Holes to the Mystery of Dark Matter
By David and Richard Garfinkle
The University of Chicago Press, 280 pp, $20 new
Through the Black Hole (U-Ventures)
By Edward Packard
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 160 pp, $8
Undermining : A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West
By Lucy R. Lippard
The New Press, 208 pp, $15

About the curator

Anne-Sophie Coiffet is a French artist and a visual art teacher based in Washington D.C. She has a Bachelor’s degree in literature and the history of art, and Masters degrees in theater and aesthetics. She has worked at various cultural institutions and art publications in Sicily, London, Spain and France. Currently, she is working toward a Ph.D. in aesthetics while also producing various graphic, editorial and video projects.

about bookshelves

WPA invites artists to curate a selection on a periodic basis. The first Bookshelves was organized by Bookish, an itinerant artist bookstore run by Shannon Patrick, a MICA graduate, creative director of Bookish Baltimore, professional photographer, and bartender. All of the books are for sale.



July 1 - September 30, 2017


Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Photo gallery

Malevich on Suprematism: Six Essays 1915-1926
Coal: A Memoir and Critique