Formless : A User's Guide

Bois, Yve-Alain and Krauss, Rosalind E.. Formless : A User's Guide. New York, NY: Zone Books, 1997.

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Abstract (English)

Published following an exhibition held in 1996 at Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), this monograph reconsiders 20th century art (particularly the Modernist period) through the notion of “the formless” (based on G. Bataille’s philosophical use of the term “informe”), thus offering an alternative to the dominant form/content binary. Presented in the form of a lexicon divided into four sections or “operations” (Base Materialism, Horizontality, Pulse and Entropy) and 26 headings (each beginning with a letter of the alphabet), Bois and Krauss analyze artworks by artists such as Pollock, Warhol, Twombly, Fontana, Sherman, Oldenburg and Beuys. Index of names and concepts (6 p.); circa 300 bibl. ref.

Types: Monographs ; Catalogues > Exhibition catalogues
All Contributors: Bois, Yve-Alain (Author); Krauss, Rosalind E. (Author)
Dossier: 381 - FRANCE - CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU (Paris)
Collation: 296 p. : 81 ill. (10 col.) ; 29 x 19 cm
ISBN: 0942299434|0942299442
Language of Publication: English
Publishers: New York, NY: Zone Books
Artists: Warhol, Andy; Pollock, Jackson; Twombly, Cy; Sherman, Cindy; Oldenburg, Claes; Dubuffet, Jean; Smithson, Robert; Matta-Clark, Gordon; Fontana, Lucio
Art Organizations: France - Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris)
Event Statement: Exhibition dates: 21 May - 26 Aug. 1996, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).
Keywords: MODERNISM; FORMLESS (The); 20th CENTURY ART; INFORME (L'); BASE MATERIALISM; CADAVER; ENTROPY; SURREALISM; HORIZONTALITY; GESTALT; SURREY ART GALLERY; BENJAMIN, WALTER; DEBELJAK, ALES; GABLIK, SUZI; SURREY ABORIGINAL CULTURAL SOCIETY; WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN PROCESSION (Vancouver)
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Originally published in French as "L'Informe : Mode d'emploi" by Éditions du Centre Pompidou (1996).

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Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2003
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 21:48
URI: http://e-artexte.ca/id/eprint/15194
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