The pair of silver safes, slightly ajar, gleam against the gallery’s wall. Each contains an empty white envelope, in which the conceptual artist Sophie Calle will lock a willing couple’s innermost secrets. Calle outlines the terms of the work for sale on an engraved plaque installed between the safes: she’ll keep the code, the lovers will keep the safes and the secrets will hang there, just out of reach. And if one of the partners dies? If the couple decides to sell? In her exacting way, Calle has accounted for nearly every scenario. They’re detailed in the lengthy, very official contract that’s vital to “Secrets,” on view for the first time in the United States at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco.
Read more from The New York Times about the exhibition currently on display at Fraenkel Gallery here.