BOOK LAUNCH of Tomáš Pospiszyl’s An Associative Art History

Tomáš Pospiszyl – An Associative Art History: Comparative Studies of Neo-Avant-Gardes in a Bipolar World, Document Series, volume #26, editors Clément Dirie, Vít Havránek, Tomáš Pospiszyl, translated from Czech originals by Iván Gutierrez, published by tranzit.cz and JRP-Ringier in co-edition with Les presses du réel, 2017.

This anthology contains a selection of essays originally included in two books published in Czech: Srovnávací studie [Comparative Studies] (Agite /Fra, 2005) and Asociativní dějepis umění [An Associative Art History] (tranzit.cz, 2014). The book seeks to situate Czech, Slovak and Eastern European post-war art in general within a global historical setting. It eschews fruitless comparisons of Eastern and Western iterations of the neo-avant-garde or contemporary art, but strives instead to understand and convey the specific circumstances under which particular artworks were created and the ways in which they communicate with one another. There is an introduction by the art historian Professor Sven Spieker, founding editor of ARTMargins, a journal devoted to contemporary art in a global context.

There will be no reading or such other presentation. The evening programme will be curated by chef Daniel González. The overriding creative strategy of his special menu will involve the interconnection of diverse elements. Instead of thinking linearly, González will forge sensory contiguities by means of gustatory contrast and association.
Tomas Pospiszyl (b. 1967) is a Czech critic, curator, art historian and teacher. He has published extensively on 20th- and 21st-century art, and co-edited, with Laura Hoptman, “Primary Documents: A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art Since the 1950s” (MIT Press, 2002). He teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts.

Tuesday 17 April 2018
6 p. m.
Klub AVU
U Akademie 172/4, 170 00 Prague 7


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