AFTER THE WAGNERIAN BOUILLABAISSE:
ESSAYS ON EUROPEAN AVANT-GARDE ART
Published by Sternberg Press
16 x 22 cm
Price: 118 lei
The ten essays in After the Wagnerian Bouillabaisse offer original critical discussions of some of the major European artists and movements of the twentieth century. Borrowing its title from Tristan Tzara’s description of the Gesamtkunstwerk, John C. Welchman’s compelling study begins with a reassessment of Italian Futurism and the unique and disruptively consequential compounding of words and images in Dada and Surrealism. Other chapters cover the production, and circumvention, of affect in the work of Henri Matisse and Fernand Léger; the delirious splits and metaphorical ricochets fired up by Salvador Dalí; and the social and philosophical ideas mobilized by René Magritte. The second half of the volume examines mid- and late-twentieth century artists, comprising a revisionist assessment of Hans Hartung; an analysis of the “turbulent” abstraction of Antoni Tàpies; a deliberation on “whiteness” in the practice and thinking of Günter Brus; and an exploration of postwar exchanges between the United States and the United Kingdom about sculpture. The book concludes with an essay on the relations between writing and seeing in the work of Swiss artist Rémy Zaugg.