The International Society for the Study of Surrealism is delighted to invite you to the next ISSS book launch and discussion. Lucy Bradnock will reflect on her recent book No More Masterpieces: Modern Art After Artaud, published by Yale University Press in 2021, followed by a Q&A.
“Like Sade and Reich, Artaud is relevant and understandable, a cultural monument, so long as one mainly refers to his ideas without reading much of his work” – Susan Sontag
No More Masterpieces: Modern Art After Artaud charts the ways in which the writing of French writer and dramaturg Antonin Artaud took hold in the imaginations of American poets and writers in the post-war decades. Artaud’s interest in political and cultural disorder, the dangers of authority, and the unreliability of representation found fertile ground in the context of the Cold War, disillusionment with the ideals of Abstract Expressionism, and the early years of identity politics. Poets, artists, and performers mobilised and extended Artaud’s ideas to imagine new forms of representation, to challenge the constraints placed upon the social body, and to redefine the relationship between artist and audience.
Lucy Bradnock is Vice-Dean for Research at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and Editor of the journal Art History. Previously she was Research Fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2009-2012), then Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham (2012-22). Her research examines histories of art, criticism, and curating in the post-war United States, and is situated at the intersection of visual art, poetry, and performance. In addition to her monograph, she is a co-author and co-editor of Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980 (Getty, 2011) and co-editor of the collected volume Lawrence Alloway: Critic and Curator (Getty, 2015).
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We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday September 14, 9am (PST). Please check your own timezone.