point d'ironie is a quirky art magazine founded in 1997 by a fabulous foursome: fashion designer agnès b., artist christian boltanski, curator hans-ulrich obrist and museum director carrie pilto. the publication was founded at a crossroad in time, right before the electronic age burst loose and would forever change our ways of communication. the concept of the magazine - published only about six times a year and available free of charge at agnès b. stores and plenty of other places across the globe - is to offer works of art by a selected artist on paper, to touch, to read [or not], to exhibit, to frame, to archive, to throw away or to use as wrapping paper. each issue of point d'ironie is thus destined to appear, and sooner or later, to disappear. opening on sat - oct 25 [5pm-7pm] at agnès b. galerie boutique in new york city is what a show, quelle histoire, a retrospective show of work that has previously appeared in the magazine, while issue no. 56, featuring work by conceptual artist robert barry, will simultaneously be launched. location: 50 howard street [soho].