Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, has unveiled a new monograph titled Pentimento. The most extensive survey of his work to date, the 608-page monograph revisits his career spanning two decades, beginning in 1999 and ending in 2019. Taking its name from the traces of images, forms or strokes that appear in original artworks, Pentimento spotlights the Portuguese artist’s iconic multi-layered relief portraits rooted in his technique of “creative destruction.”
Throughout his practice, Vhils humanizes public spaces with intricate portraits of random passerbys, while experimenting with new materials. The book features an introductory text by Roger Gastman, followed by a long list of Vhils’ works, projects and shows over the years. Never-before-seen “gems” from the archives are also included. For each book sold, Underdogs Gallery and Vhils Studio will be donating €10 between three local charities providing social assistance to people in need during COVID-19. In addition to the monograph, VHILS released a new print edition titled Oxymoron.
Starting at €95 EUR (approx. $103 USD), Pentimento is available to purchase now on Underdog’s website. The monograph is available as a regular unsigned edition as well as a special version which includes a slipcase and screen print.