Frank Popper

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Frank Popper (1918, Prague) is a historian of art and technology and Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the University of Paris VIII.

Popper lived successively in Vienna, London, Rome and Paris where he has definitely settled in 1955. After having studied at the Universities of London, Rome and Paris (Sorbonne), he has obtained, in 1966, a doctorate in Aesthetics with a dissertation on L'image du mouvement dans les arts plastiques depuis 1860 [The image of movement in the visual arts since 1860], and in 1970, a Doctorat d'Etat entitled L'art cinètique. Naissance d'une nouvelle tendance dans le champ artistique [Kinetic Art. The birth of a new trend in the artistic field]. Since 1962, he is a member of the Institut d'Esthetique in Paris and at the beginning of 1969, he was among the founders of the Art Department of the University of Paris VIII at Vincennes where he led the Visual Arts Department from 1970 to 1983. In 1976, he was appointed full professor of Aesthetics and the Science of Art, and in 1985 he was made Professor Emeritus at the same University.

Popper is a member of the International Association of Art Critics and Honorary Editor of the scientific journal Leonardo. He organised several exhibitions, especially Kunst-Licht-Kunst at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Holland (1966) and Lumière et mouvement at the Musèe d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1967). Among his numerous studies devoted to kinetic artists, the monograph on Yaacov Agam (New York: Abrams) reached its 4th edition in 1990. He lives in Paris. (Source)

Publications[edit]

Theses[edit]

  • L'image du mouvement dans les arts plastiques depuis 1860, Paris: Sorbonne, 1966. Dissertation. (French)
  • L'art cinètique. Naissance d'une nouvelle tendance dans le champ artistique, Paris: Sorbonne, 1970. Doctorat d'Etat. (French)

Books[edit]

  • with Stephen Bann, Reg Gadney, and Philip Steadman, Kinetic Art: Four Essays, St. Albans: Motion Books, 1966, 70 pp. (English)
  • Naissance de l'art cinétique: l'image du mouvement dans les arts plastiques depuis 1860, pref. Étienne Souriau, Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1967, xiv+227 pp; 2nd ed., rev. & augm., as L'art cinétique, Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1970, 301 pp. [1] (French)
    • Origins and Developments of Kinetic Art, trans. Stephen Bann, New York: New York Graphic Society, 1968; London: Studio Vista, 1968. (English)
    • L'arte cinetica: l'immagine del movimento nelle arti plastiche dopo il 1860, Turin: Einaudi, 1970, xix+355 pp. (Italian)
    • Los orígenes del arte cinético y el movimiento virtual, trans. Julieta Sucre, México: Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, 19??, 36 pp. (Spanish)
  • Art—Action and Participation, New York University Press, 1975; London: Studio Vista, 1975. (English)
    • Art, action et participation: l'artiste et la créativité aujourd'hui, Paris: Klincksieck, 1980, 368 pp. (French)
    • Arte, acción y participación: el artista y la creatividad hoy, trans. Eduardo Bajo, Madrid: Akal, 1989, 314 pp. (Spanish)
  • Die kinetische Kunst: Licht und Bewegung, Umweltkunst und Aktion, Cologne: DuMont Schauberg, 1975, 205 pp. (German)
  • Art of the Electronic Age, trans. Bernard Hemingway, London: Thames and Hudson, 1973, 192 pp; New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1973. (English)
  • Agam, New York: Abrams, 1976, 354 pp. (English)
  • From Technological to Virtual Art, MIT Press, 2007, xii+459 pp. (English)

Catalogues[edit]

  • editor, Kunst-licht-kunst, Eindhoven: Van Abbemuseum, 1966, 150 pp. Exh. held 25 Sep-4 Dec 1966. (Dutch),(German),(English),(French),(Italian)
  • editor, Lumière et mouvement: art cinétique à Paris, pref. Frank Popper, Paris: Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 1967, [108] pp. Exh. held May-Aug 1967. (French)

Essays[edit]

  • "Movement & Light in Today's Art", UNESCO Courier 16:9, Sep 1963, pp 12-23. (English)
  • "Kinetic Art and Our Environment", Granta 69:1235, 25 Apr 1964, pp 12-13. (English)
  • "Le virus perturbateur dans l’art des nouveaux mèdias", Journal Recherches en Esthètique, Oct 2011. (French)

Interviews[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • De l’art cinétique à l’art numérique: Hommage à Frank Popper, ed. Françoise Py, Paris: Harmattan, 2017, 270 pp. [2] (French)

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