Georg Schöllhammer & Andreiana Mihail (Eds.)
Following their recent monograph on this understudied conceptual painter— perhaps the most significant Romanian artist of the communist period— Sternberg Press presents a more intimate look into Ion Grigorescu’s practice. His diaries from the crucial years from 1970 to 1975 are a small literary and art-historical sensation. The publication of these diaries corrects the facile reading of Grigorescu’s practice in the context of Conceptual art and performance and provides intimate insight into the artist’s multifocal thinking. In a single work, his synapses can fire off an original critique of modernism, the dystopian effects of a rationalist positivism, an analysis of subjectivity and a penetrating gaze into the dialectic of secrecy and revelation. An important and recuperative document of the artist whose work was recently shown at the Venice Biennale and Tate Modern, Diaries 1970–1975 is illustrated with key examples of Grigorescu’s paintings, films, and photographs.
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches / 248 pp / 164 b&w and color
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