Karen Kurczynski: The Art and Politics of Asger Jorn: The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up (2014)

25 April 2019, dusan

“Danish artist Asger Jorn has long been recognized for his founding contributions to the Cobra and Situationist International movements – yet art historical scholarship on Jorn has been sparse, particularly in English. This study offers a synthetic account of the essential phases of this artist’s career. It addresses his works in various media alongside his extensive writings and his collaborations with various artists’ groups from the 1940s through the mid-1960s. Situating Jorn’s work in an international, post-Second World War context, Karen Kurczynski reframes our understanding of the 1950s, away from the Abstract-Expressionist focus on individual expression, toward a more open-ended conception of art as a public engagement with contemporary culture and politics.”

Publisher Ashgate, 2014
ISBN 9781409431978, 1409431975
xiii+261 pages
via Situationist Library

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Surrealisme, 1-2 (1977)

11 February 2019, dusan

Two issues of the ephemeral journal Surrealisme were published in January and June of 1977 in Paris.

Contributions by Jacques Abeille, Jean-Louis Bedouin, Gilles Bounoure, Vincent Bounoure, Guy Cabanel, Bernard Cabunet, Pierre Cheymol, Aurélien Dauguet, John Digby, Guy-René Doumayrou, Alias Durang, Vratislav Effenberger, Apisai Enos, Jean-Pierre Guillon, Robert Guyon, Ted Joans, Robert Lagarde, Joyce Mansour, Albert Marenčin, Georges-Henri Morin, Alena Nádvorníková, Stephen Schwartz, Martin Stejskal, Jan Švankmajer, Jean Terrossian, Marianne van Hirtum, Michel Zimbacca, a.o.

Illustrations by Jacques Abeille, Karol Baron, Gabriel Der Kevorkian, Apisai Enos, Robert Guyon, Guy Hallart, Marianne van Hirtum, Robert Lagarde, Albert Marencin, Emila Medkova, Pierre Molinier, Martin Stejskal, Jan Svankmajer, Eva Svankmajerova, Philip West, Marie Wilson, a.o.

Edited by Vincent Bounoure
Publisher Savelli, Paris, 1977
80 pages each
via aaaaarg, (2)

Commentary: Michael Löwy (2009).

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Issue 1 (7 MB)
Issue 2 (6 MB, added on 2019-2-14)

Anselm Franke, Tom Holert (eds.): Neolithic Childhood: Art in a False Present, c. 1930 (2018)

12 August 2018, dusan

“Resonating at the heart of Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930 is the question whether art has present, past, and future functions. The modernist assertion of the autonomy of art was intended to render superfluous art’s social and religious functions. But what if the functionlessness of art comes under suspicion of being instrumentalized by bourgeois capitalism? This was an accusation that informed the anti-modernist critique of the avant-garde, and particularly of Surrealism. The objective throughout the crisis-ridden present of the 1920s to the 1940s was to reaffirm a once ubiquitous, but long-lost functionality—not only of art.

The publication accompanying the exhibition examines the strategies deployed in this reaffirmation. These include the surrealist Primitivism of an “Ethnology of the White Man” together with the excavation of the deep time of humanity—into the “Neolithic Childhood” mapped out by the notoriously anti-modernist Carl Einstein (1885-1940) as a hallucinatory retro-utopia. The volume brings together essays by the curators and academics involved in the project, primary texts by Carl Einstein and a comprehensive documentation of the exhibition including lists of works, texts on as well as images of numerous exhibits and finally installation views. At the center of the volume, a glossary discusses Carl Einstein’s own theoretical vocabulary as well as further associated terms, such as Autonomy, Formalism, Function, Gesture, Hallucination, Art, Metamorphosis, Primitivisms, Totality.”

With contributions by: Irene Albers, Philipp Albers, Joyce S. Cheng, Rosa Eidelpes, Carl Einstein, Anselm Franke, Charles W. Haxthausen, Tom Holert, Sven Lütticken, Ulrike Müller, Jenny Nachtigall, David Quigley, Cornelius Reiber, Erhard Schüttpelz, Kerstin Stakemeier, Maria Stavrinaki, Elena Vogman, Zairong Xiang, Sebastian Zeidler.

Publisher Diaphanes, Berlin, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin, 2018
ISBN 9783035801064, 3035801061
460 pages

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