This beautiful, hefty catalogue of the most important works from one of the world’s finest collections of Minimal, Arte Povera and Conceptual art includes work by Carl Andre, John Baldessari, Marcel Broedthaers, Hanne Darboven, Gilbert & George, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Robert Smithson and Lawrence Weiner, among others. In her essay, the esteemed independent curator and art historian Anne Rorimer writes, “Such is the breadth and depth of the Herbert Collection that an entire book on the art of the 1960s and 1970s could be written based on the many exemplary works included in it. As a group, works in the collection point to the revolutionary activity occurring at a time when long-held conventions associated with painting and sculpture were being questioned or overturned in the interest of aesthetic renewal. Each work, separately, speaks volumes about innovations in art production labeled by terms such as Minimal art, Arte Povera or Conceptual art. These terms, although by no means carved in stone, identify shared methods and goals pursued by artists on both sides of the Atlantic during the years leading up to and extending beyond 1968.

Paul Thek (Nueva York, 1933 – 1988), considerado un artista de culto, ha sido una de las fuentes que causaron la revuelta y erupción del arte en la década de los sesenta. La diversidad anti-heroica, el uso de varios medios y las referencias al arte, la literatura y la religión, junto al contenido obsesivo y muchas veces místico de su obra, le han proporcionado una singularidad cuya influencia se advierte tanto entre sus coetáneos como en los artistas actuales. Esta es la retrospectiva más completa de su trabajo que se ha hecho hasta la fecha, con más de 300 obras, entre las que pueden verse dibujos, pinturas, fotografías de sus instalaciones y la conocida serie Technological Reliquaries (Relicarios tecnológicos), consistente en urnas de plexiglás con vaciados de trozos de carne realizados en cera. Sus objetos efímeros, materiales inestables e instalaciones de duración limitada establecen vínculos con el mundo natural, el orgánico y el técnico-artificial.

Marcel Broodthaers’ extraordinary artistic output placed him at the center of international activity during the transformative decades of the 1960s and 1970s. Throughout his career, from early objects variously made of mussel shells, eggshells and books of his own poetry, to his most ambitious project, the Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles), and the Décors made at the end of his life, Broodthaers occupied a unique position, often operating as both innovator and commentator. Setting a precedent for what we call installation art today, his work has had a profound influence on a broad range of contemporary artists, and he remains vitally relevant to cultural discourse at large. Published to accompany Broodthaers’ first retrospective in New York, this volume examines the artist’s work across all mediums. Essays by the exhibition organizers Christophe Cherix and Manuel Borja-Villel, along with a host of major scholars, including Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Jean François Chevrier, Thierry de Duve and Doris Krystof, provide historical and theoretical context for the artist’s work. The book also features new translations of many of Broodthaers’ texts.
Marcel Broodthaers (1924-76) worked as a poet and critic until the age of 40, when he declared himself a visual artist. Over the next 12 years, he moved between Brussels, his birth city, and Düsseldorf and London. From 1968 to 1972 Broodthaers operated the Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, an itinerant museum devoted to the exploration of the role of the institution itself and the function of art in society.

L’any 1970, Marcel Broodthaers va afirmar que Mallarmé és la font de l’art contemporani. Aquesta frase serveix com a punt de partida per a l’exposició i el catàleg d’Art i utopia. A partir d’aquesta lectura de Broodthaers i de la influència que Mallarmé va exercir en figures fonamentals de la modernitat, com Artaud i Apollinaire, s’ha elaborat una reinterpretació de l’art del segle XX, des del cubisme i les avantguardes històriques fins a l’art dels anys seixanta, qüestionant la idea mateixa de modernitat. La informació que conforma el catàleg és molt variada: inclou un assaig de Jean-François Chevrier, abundant material documental, poemes i altres textos literaris, a més de reproduccions de les obres presentades en l’exposició.

A major project comprising 77 photographs shot in Barcelona by Craigie Horsfield from 1995-1996 with texts by Manuel J. Borja-Villel and Jean-François Chevrier. The individuals and communities portrayed participated actively in the project explaining their life histories and talking about their environment. The images aim to describe human relations – intense portraits, people on the streets or in nightclubs, the architecture; in short a portrait of Barcelona.

French historian, Serge Guilbaut, explores the aesthetic quarrels between Paris and New York of the 40s and 50s, analysing the art that became cultural and commercial icons. With works by Picasso, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Gorky, Kandinsky, Pollock, Rothko, as well as forgotten artists like Barbeau, Bearden, Capogrossi. He also studies the reasons why the popular icons of one culture were not recognised by the other at that time. Faced with the imposing presence of the victorious movement of abstract expressionism, the French art scene, seemed incapable of projecting a single voice or direction for the future, as Paris had done in the past. To study the history of French and American art after the Second World War is a considerable challenge because the consensus among investigators has been shaped by the success of American art. The French art of that period has been regarded as irrelevant although it displayed the same debates about realism, geometrical abstraction and forms of abstract expressionism. Contributors: Serge Guilbaut , Julián Díaz , Manuel J. Borja-Villel , Tom Crow , Irwin M. Wall , Elaine Tyler Stovall , Susan Weiner

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