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Frances Richard: 20th-Century Art, 6 April 2006

Art since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism 
by Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh.
Thames and Hudson, 704 pp., £45, March 2005, 0 500 23818 9
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... majors with professors worth their salt will encounter, severally or federated, the critics Yve-Alain Bois, Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, Hal Foster and Rosalind Krauss. This quartet have been working together since the 1970s, and are currently co-editors of the journal October. Founded in 1976 and subtitled ‘Art/Theory/Criticism/Politics’, October ...

Flattening Space

Rosalind Krauss: Parsing Picasso, 1 April 2004

Picasso and the Invention of Cubism 
by Pepe Karmel.
Yale, 233 pp., £40, October 2003, 0 300 09436 1
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... 1910s. No one reading his introduction to the basics of structural linguistics and the analyses of Yve-Alain Bois (or myself) could possibly understand what led us to take this detour through the semiotic. Karmel’s own understanding is debilitated by his decision to use Picasso’s drawings as the basis of his study, for drawing’s current washes it ...

The Misery of Not Painting like others

Peter Campbell, 13 April 2000

The Unknown Matisse: Man of the North, 1869-1908 
by Hilary Spurling.
Penguin, 480 pp., £12.99, April 2000, 0 14 017604 7
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Matisse: Father and Son 
by John Russell.
Abrams, 416 pp., £25, May 1999, 0 8109 4378 6
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Ruthless Hedonism: The American Reception of Matisse 
by John O’Brien.
Chicago, 284 pp., £31.50, April 1999, 0 226 61626 6
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Matisse and Picasso 
by Yve-Alain Bois.
Flammarion, 272 pp., £35, February 1999, 2 08 013548 1
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... as complementary, as Modern Art’s Apollonian and Dionysian faces, but the relationship was real. Yve-Alain Bois, who describes and analyses their influence on one another in Matisse and Picasso (published to accompany an exhibition early last year in Fort Worth), compares them to chess players whose game advanced as a move by one was answered ...

In a Dark Mode

Lawrence Rainey: Grim Modernism, 20 January 2000

Farewell to an Idea: Episodes from a History of Modernism 
by T.J. Clark.
Yale, 451 pp., £30, April 1999, 0 300 07532 4
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... formulations of Clement Greenberg. But their most systematic exponent in recent years has been Yve-Alain Bois, who has argued that Picasso’s development from 1907 to 1913 represents a coherent and unified evolution, marching briskly forward from an interest in African masks around 1907 to the famous maquette for Guitar of October 1912, in which a ...

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