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Biography

Since the late 1970s, Sophie Calle (b. 1953, Paris, France) has made work that investigates provocative and often controversial methods for confronting her emotional and psychological life. She is well known for sleuth-like explorations of human relationships, which have led her, for example, to follow a stranger in the streets of Venice, or to secretly photograph the belongings of hotel guests. Calle’s work has been shown internationally in venues which include Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago; and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. In 2019, Calle’s work was celebrated with Cinq, a five-part retrospective across the city of Marseille, France. Her work can be found in public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Selected Works

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Sophie Calle Exquisite Pain (Count Down - 66), 2000 black & white photograph, hand stamped with red ink frame: 49 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (124.5 x 81.9 x 3.2 cm) Edition 1 of 3 (English) Edition of 3 (French) & 3 (English)

Sophie Calle
Exquisite Pain (Count Down - 66), 2000
black & white photograph, hand stamped with red ink
frame: 49 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (124.5 x 81.9 x 3.2 cm)
Edition 1 of 3 (English)
Edition of 3 (French) & 3 (English)

M’as-tu vue?, Sophie Calle – Retrospective, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 2004.

M’as-tu vue?, Sophie Calle – Retrospective, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 2004.

Sophie Calle Ghosts (Seurat, Evening, Honfleur), 1991 silkscreen ink and paint on wall and color laser prints 40 1/2 x 47 1/4 in. (102.9 x 120 cm)

Sophie Calle
Ghosts (Seurat, Evening, Honfleur), 1991
silkscreen ink and paint on wall and color laser prints
40 1/2 x 47 1/4 in. (102.9 x 120 cm)

Sophie Calle Where and when? Lourdes / Où et quand? Lourdes, 2005/2008 15 texts, 17 photos, 1 lenticular print, 1 shelf, 5 porcelain candle holders, 68 marble plates on steel frame 14 1/4 in. x 31 ft. 2 3/8 in. (36.2 cm x 9 m 51 cm) or 43 1/4 in. x 15 ft. 8 3/8 in. (109.9 cm x 4 m 78.5 cm) overall, depending on the installation framed photographs: 14 5/16 x 19 in. (36.3 x 48.4 cm) framed texts: 14 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (36.3 x 22.2 cm) marble plates: 5 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (15 x 20 cm) to 9 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (25 x 30 cm), dimensions variable steel frame: 55 1/8 x 96 7/8 in. (140 x 246 cm)  Edition 2 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP

Sophie Calle
Where and when? Lourdes / Où et quand? Lourdes, 2005/2008
15 texts, 17 photos, 1 lenticular print, 1 shelf, 5 porcelain candle holders, 68 marble plates on steel frame
14 1/4 in. x 31 ft. 2 3/8 in. (36.2 cm x 9 m 51 cm) or 43 1/4 in. x 15 ft. 8 3/8 in. (109.9 cm x 4 m 78.5 cm) overall, depending on the installation
framed photographs: 14 5/16 x 19 in. (36.3 x 48.4 cm)
framed texts: 14 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (36.3 x 22.2 cm)
marble plates: 5 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (15 x 20 cm) to 9 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (25 x 30 cm), dimensions variable
steel frame: 55 1/8 x 96 7/8 in. (140 x 246 cm) 
Edition 2 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP

Sophie Calle
The Sleepers (Gennie Michelet, thirteenth sleeper), 1980
11 black and white photographs, 1 text
each: 6 x 7 7/8 in. (15.2 x 20 cm)
overall: 12 x 47 1/4 in. (30.5 x 120 cm)
Edition 1 of 3 English

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (The Giraffe), 2012 digital print mounted on aluminum, text panel with black & white photograph and found frame framed text: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50 x 50 cm) framed photograph: 80 3/4 x 43 3/8 in. (205 x 110 cm)  Edition 4 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French)

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (The Giraffe), 2012
digital print mounted on aluminum, text panel with black & white photograph and found frame
framed text: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50 x 50 cm)
framed photograph: 80 3/4 x 43 3/8 in. (205 x 110 cm) 
Edition 4 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French)

 

Sophie Calle Prenez soin de vous. Video Wall and Portraits, 2007 portraits (33): Fine Art prints dry mounted on aluminum, wooden frames, glass films (33): flat screen monitors, speakers, metal armature 38 1/4 x 289 1/2 in. (97.2 x 735.3 cm) 1 Unique Set, 1 Complete Set French, 1 Complete Set English

Sophie Calle
Prenez soin de vous. Video Wall and Portraits, 2007
portraits (33): Fine Art prints dry mounted on aluminum, wooden frames, glass
films (33): flat screen monitors, speakers, metal armature
38 1/4 x 289 1/2 in. (97.2 x 735.3 cm)
1 Unique Set, 1 Complete Set French, 1 Complete Set English

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (Argument), 1992 gelatin silver print, text panel photo: 45 1/2 x 65 3/4 in (115.6 x 167 cm) text: 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in (47 x 47 cm) Edition 1 of 5 (French) Edition of 5 French, 5 English

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (Argument), 1992
gelatin silver print, text panel
photo: 45 1/2 x 65 3/4 in (115.6 x 167 cm)
text: 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in (47 x 47 cm)
Edition 1 of 5 (French)
Edition of 5 French, 5 English

Sophie Calle The Last Image. Blind with couch, 2010 color photograph under plexiglass, two color photographs in metal frames, text in metal frame framed photo: 31.1 x 41 x 3.2 cm framed text: 11 7/8 x 8 1/2  x 1 1/4 in. (30.2 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm) photos under plexiglass, ea: 25 7/8 x 32 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (65.7 x 82.2 x 4.8 cm) Edition 2 of 3, +1 AP

Sophie Calle
The Last Image. Blind with couch, 2010
color photograph under plexiglass, two color photographs in metal frames, text in metal frame
framed photo: 31.1 x 41 x 3.2 cm
framed text: 11 7/8 x 8 1/2  x 1 1/4 in. (30.2 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm)
photos under plexiglass, ea: 25 7/8 x 32 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (65.7 x 82.2 x 4.8 cm)
Edition 2 of 3, +1 AP

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (My Mother Died), 2013 digital print and text panel framed text: 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (50.5 x 50.5 cm) framed photo: 30 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (76.5 x 50.5 cm) Edition 4 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English)

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (My Mother Died), 2013
digital print and text panel
framed text: 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (50.5 x 50.5 cm)
framed photo: 30 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (76.5 x 50.5 cm)
Edition 4 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English)

Sophie Calle Suicide, 2014 Three black and white framed color ink jet prints, with text, one frame with sandblasted glass  framed each: 44 1/8 x 24 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 62.2 x 4.4 cm) overall: 44 1/8 x 78 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 198.1 x 4.4 cm) Edition 3 of 3, 1 AP English version

Sophie Calle
Suicide, 2014
Three black and white framed color ink jet prints, with text, one frame with sandblasted glass 
framed each: 44 1/8 x 24 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 62.2 x 4.4 cm)
overall: 44 1/8 x 78 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 198.1 x 4.4 cm)
Edition 3 of 3, 1 AP
English version

 

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (The Pig), 2001 gelatin silver print with text panel print: 67 x 39 1/2 in. (170.2 x 100.3 cm) text panel: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50.2 x 50.2 cm) Edition 5 of 5 (French) Edition of 5 French, 5 English

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (The Pig), 2001
gelatin silver print with text panel
print: 67 x 39 1/2 in. (170.2 x 100.3 cm)
text panel: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50.2 x 50.2 cm)
Edition 5 of 5 (French)
Edition of 5 French, 5 English

 

Premises, 1998, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Premises, 1998, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Sophie Calle
The Last Image. Blind with revolver, 2010
color photograph under plexiglass, three color photographs in metal frames, text in metal frame
Photo under plexiglass 10 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (26 x 31.8 x 4.8 cm)
Framed photographs, ea: 9 7/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (25.1 x 31.1 x 3.2 cm)
Framed text: 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (30.2 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm)
Edition 2 of 3, +1 AP

Sophie Calle North Pole / Pôle nord, 2009 1 Duratrans light box, 3 sandblasted porcelain plaques, video, screen, 7 framed color photographs 7 ft. 3 in. x 16 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 4 m 95.3 cm) to 7 ft. 3 in. x  26 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 8 m) overall, depending on installation light box: 49 1/4 x 65  x 3 1/2 in. (125 x 165 x 9 cm) 5 framed photographs: 11 13/16 x 15 3/4 in. (30 x 40 cm) 2 framed photographs: 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in. (60 x 80 cm) Monitor Samsung 22" 5000 series Edition 2 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP

Sophie Calle
North Pole / Pôle nord, 2009
1 Duratrans light box, 3 sandblasted porcelain plaques, video, screen, 7 framed color photographs
7 ft. 3 in. x 16 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 4 m 95.3 cm) to 7 ft. 3 in. x  26 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 8 m) overall, depending on installation
light box: 49 1/4 x 65  x 3 1/2 in. (125 x 165 x 9 cm)
5 framed photographs: 11 13/16 x 15 3/4 in. (30 x 40 cm)
2 framed photographs: 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in. (60 x 80 cm)
Monitor Samsung 22" 5000 series
Edition 2 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP

Sophie Calle Exquisite Pain (Count Down - 66), 2000 black & white photograph, hand stamped with red ink frame: 49 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (124.5 x 81.9 x 3.2 cm) Edition 1 of 3 (English) Edition of 3 (French) & 3 (English)

Sophie Calle
Exquisite Pain (Count Down - 66), 2000
black & white photograph, hand stamped with red ink
frame: 49 x 32 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (124.5 x 81.9 x 3.2 cm)
Edition 1 of 3 (English)
Edition of 3 (French) & 3 (English)

M’as-tu vue?, Sophie Calle – Retrospective, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 2004.

M’as-tu vue?, Sophie Calle – Retrospective, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 2004.

Sophie Calle Ghosts (Seurat, Evening, Honfleur), 1991 silkscreen ink and paint on wall and color laser prints 40 1/2 x 47 1/4 in. (102.9 x 120 cm)

Sophie Calle
Ghosts (Seurat, Evening, Honfleur), 1991
silkscreen ink and paint on wall and color laser prints
40 1/2 x 47 1/4 in. (102.9 x 120 cm)

Sophie Calle Where and when? Lourdes / Où et quand? Lourdes, 2005/2008 15 texts, 17 photos, 1 lenticular print, 1 shelf, 5 porcelain candle holders, 68 marble plates on steel frame 14 1/4 in. x 31 ft. 2 3/8 in. (36.2 cm x 9 m 51 cm) or 43 1/4 in. x 15 ft. 8 3/8 in. (109.9 cm x 4 m 78.5 cm) overall, depending on the installation framed photographs: 14 5/16 x 19 in. (36.3 x 48.4 cm) framed texts: 14 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (36.3 x 22.2 cm) marble plates: 5 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (15 x 20 cm) to 9 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (25 x 30 cm), dimensions variable steel frame: 55 1/8 x 96 7/8 in. (140 x 246 cm)  Edition 2 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP

Sophie Calle
Where and when? Lourdes / Où et quand? Lourdes, 2005/2008
15 texts, 17 photos, 1 lenticular print, 1 shelf, 5 porcelain candle holders, 68 marble plates on steel frame
14 1/4 in. x 31 ft. 2 3/8 in. (36.2 cm x 9 m 51 cm) or 43 1/4 in. x 15 ft. 8 3/8 in. (109.9 cm x 4 m 78.5 cm) overall, depending on the installation
framed photographs: 14 5/16 x 19 in. (36.3 x 48.4 cm)
framed texts: 14 5/16 x 8 3/4 in. (36.3 x 22.2 cm)
marble plates: 5 7/8 x 7 5/8 in. (15 x 20 cm) to 9 13/16 x 11 13/16 in. (25 x 30 cm), dimensions variable
steel frame: 55 1/8 x 96 7/8 in. (140 x 246 cm) 
Edition 2 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP

Sophie Calle
The Sleepers (Gennie Michelet, thirteenth sleeper), 1980
11 black and white photographs, 1 text
each: 6 x 7 7/8 in. (15.2 x 20 cm)
overall: 12 x 47 1/4 in. (30.5 x 120 cm)
Edition 1 of 3 English

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (The Giraffe), 2012 digital print mounted on aluminum, text panel with black & white photograph and found frame framed text: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50 x 50 cm) framed photograph: 80 3/4 x 43 3/8 in. (205 x 110 cm)  Edition 4 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French)

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (The Giraffe), 2012
digital print mounted on aluminum, text panel with black & white photograph and found frame
framed text: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50 x 50 cm)
framed photograph: 80 3/4 x 43 3/8 in. (205 x 110 cm) 
Edition 4 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French)

 

Sophie Calle Prenez soin de vous. Video Wall and Portraits, 2007 portraits (33): Fine Art prints dry mounted on aluminum, wooden frames, glass films (33): flat screen monitors, speakers, metal armature 38 1/4 x 289 1/2 in. (97.2 x 735.3 cm) 1 Unique Set, 1 Complete Set French, 1 Complete Set English

Sophie Calle
Prenez soin de vous. Video Wall and Portraits, 2007
portraits (33): Fine Art prints dry mounted on aluminum, wooden frames, glass
films (33): flat screen monitors, speakers, metal armature
38 1/4 x 289 1/2 in. (97.2 x 735.3 cm)
1 Unique Set, 1 Complete Set French, 1 Complete Set English

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (Argument), 1992 gelatin silver print, text panel photo: 45 1/2 x 65 3/4 in (115.6 x 167 cm) text: 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in (47 x 47 cm) Edition 1 of 5 (French) Edition of 5 French, 5 English

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (Argument), 1992
gelatin silver print, text panel
photo: 45 1/2 x 65 3/4 in (115.6 x 167 cm)
text: 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in (47 x 47 cm)
Edition 1 of 5 (French)
Edition of 5 French, 5 English

Sophie Calle The Last Image. Blind with couch, 2010 color photograph under plexiglass, two color photographs in metal frames, text in metal frame framed photo: 31.1 x 41 x 3.2 cm framed text: 11 7/8 x 8 1/2  x 1 1/4 in. (30.2 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm) photos under plexiglass, ea: 25 7/8 x 32 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (65.7 x 82.2 x 4.8 cm) Edition 2 of 3, +1 AP

Sophie Calle
The Last Image. Blind with couch, 2010
color photograph under plexiglass, two color photographs in metal frames, text in metal frame
framed photo: 31.1 x 41 x 3.2 cm
framed text: 11 7/8 x 8 1/2  x 1 1/4 in. (30.2 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm)
photos under plexiglass, ea: 25 7/8 x 32 3/8 x 1 7/8 in. (65.7 x 82.2 x 4.8 cm)
Edition 2 of 3, +1 AP

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (My Mother Died), 2013 digital print and text panel framed text: 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (50.5 x 50.5 cm) framed photo: 30 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (76.5 x 50.5 cm) Edition 4 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English)

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (My Mother Died), 2013
digital print and text panel
framed text: 19 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (50.5 x 50.5 cm)
framed photo: 30 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (76.5 x 50.5 cm)
Edition 4 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 + 1 AP (French), Edition of 5 + 1 AP (English)

Sophie Calle Suicide, 2014 Three black and white framed color ink jet prints, with text, one frame with sandblasted glass  framed each: 44 1/8 x 24 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 62.2 x 4.4 cm) overall: 44 1/8 x 78 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 198.1 x 4.4 cm) Edition 3 of 3, 1 AP English version

Sophie Calle
Suicide, 2014
Three black and white framed color ink jet prints, with text, one frame with sandblasted glass 
framed each: 44 1/8 x 24 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 62.2 x 4.4 cm)
overall: 44 1/8 x 78 x 1 3/4 in. (112.1 x 198.1 x 4.4 cm)
Edition 3 of 3, 1 AP
English version

 

Sophie Calle Autobiographies (The Pig), 2001 gelatin silver print with text panel print: 67 x 39 1/2 in. (170.2 x 100.3 cm) text panel: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50.2 x 50.2 cm) Edition 5 of 5 (French) Edition of 5 French, 5 English

Sophie Calle
Autobiographies (The Pig), 2001
gelatin silver print with text panel
print: 67 x 39 1/2 in. (170.2 x 100.3 cm)
text panel: 19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (50.2 x 50.2 cm)
Edition 5 of 5 (French)
Edition of 5 French, 5 English

 

Premises, 1998, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Premises, 1998, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Sophie Calle
The Last Image. Blind with revolver, 2010
color photograph under plexiglass, three color photographs in metal frames, text in metal frame
Photo under plexiglass 10 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. (26 x 31.8 x 4.8 cm)
Framed photographs, ea: 9 7/8 x 12 1/4 x 1 1/4 in. (25.1 x 31.1 x 3.2 cm)
Framed text: 11 7/8 x 8 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (30.2 x 21.6 x 3.2 cm)
Edition 2 of 3, +1 AP

Sophie Calle North Pole / Pôle nord, 2009 1 Duratrans light box, 3 sandblasted porcelain plaques, video, screen, 7 framed color photographs 7 ft. 3 in. x 16 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 4 m 95.3 cm) to 7 ft. 3 in. x  26 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 8 m) overall, depending on installation light box: 49 1/4 x 65  x 3 1/2 in. (125 x 165 x 9 cm) 5 framed photographs: 11 13/16 x 15 3/4 in. (30 x 40 cm) 2 framed photographs: 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in. (60 x 80 cm) Monitor Samsung 22" 5000 series Edition 2 of 5 (English) Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP

Sophie Calle
North Pole / Pôle nord, 2009
1 Duratrans light box, 3 sandblasted porcelain plaques, video, screen, 7 framed color photographs
7 ft. 3 in. x 16 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 4 m 95.3 cm) to 7 ft. 3 in. x  26 ft. 3 in. (2 m 21 cm x 8 m) overall, depending on installation
light box: 49 1/4 x 65  x 3 1/2 in. (125 x 165 x 9 cm)
5 framed photographs: 11 13/16 x 15 3/4 in. (30 x 40 cm)
2 framed photographs: 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in. (60 x 80 cm)
Monitor Samsung 22" 5000 series
Edition 2 of 5 (English)
Edition of 5 English + 1 AP, Edition of 5 French + 1 AP