Essays and reminiscences by one of the preeminent art historians of our time, spanning more than four decades.
An Oblique Autobiography assembles a new collection of essays and reminiscences by one of the preeminent art historians of our time. Spanning more than four decades of Yve-Alain Bois's work as a scholar, journal editor, and occasional curator, this volume traces a deeply personal itinerary through an important era of art history, in which the discipline—in part occasioned by Bois's own journey from France to the United States—was significantly reformulated by new methodologies.
Detailing Bois's early relationships with figures such as Roland Barthes, Hubert Damisch, Lygia Clark, and Jacques Derrida, as well as his extended engagements with Rosalind Krauss, Ellsworth Kelly, and Martin Barré, these essays track Bois's intellectual commitments against the backdrop of an evolving academic field. With texts that range from academic journal articles to obituaries, written from 1976 to 2021, An Oblique Autobiography reveals the range of Bois's authorial voice and offers a remarkable self-portrait of one of art history's primary protagonists.
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Yve-Alain Bois, widely recognized as an expert on twentieth-century art, is the coauthor (with Rosalind E. Krauss) of Formless: A User's Guide and the author of Painting as Model (the MIT Press), and an editor of October. His other publications include Ellsworth Kelly: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Reliefs, and Sculpture, vols. 1 and 2 and Art Since 1900 (with Benjamin Buchloh, Hal Foster, and Rosalind E. Krauss). Currently Professor in the the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, he has taught at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities and has curated or cocurated exhibitions worldwide.