From Matisse to Mondrian: A Conversation with Yve-Alain Bois


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Our guest on this episode is Yve-Alain Bois, professor of art history in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

In this episode
How the former state of art history in France influenced his decision to come to the United States (1:00) — How the conflict between formalism and social history set the context for Painting as Model (3:00) — The journal October and the art-historical establishment since Panofsky (7:00) — The diverse critical viewpoints among the authors of Art Since 1900: agreements and disagreements (11:00) — Painting today, for example the case of R. H. Quaytman (13:30) — Matisse, Barnes, and the problem of scale (16:30) — Matisse on Proust, Bergson, muscle memory, reflexes and automatism (20:15) — Matisse’s two kinds of drawings: conscious and unconscious (22:30) — Matisse’s Interior with Egyptian Curtain at the Phillips Collection (24:15)

Recorded and edited by Oskar Olsson.

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