Xavier Barral

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Harry Shunk and János Kender reviewed the incredible excitement of the Parisian and New York avant-garde art scene from the 1950s to the 1980s. The first book devoted to this exceptional photographic collection, through more than 800 photographs, several illustrated essays of archival documents, it tells the exceptional story of this corpus made up of more than 200,000 period prints, contact sheets and negatives.


This couple of photographers has worked alongside avant-garde artists from Paris and New York, including John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Dan Graham, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely, Jacques Villeglé, Andy Warhol...


Their photographs bear witness to the emergence of new creative gestures, the daily life of workshops, the world of galleries, performances and openings that will become dates and pioneering exhibitions. Both major documents on international avant-garde, they reflect the spirit of an era in full artistic effervescence, these images also set up special photographic devices. They capture faces, creative gestures, life in the studio, evenings between artists and collectors in framings and approaches that make them photographic works in their own right.


This book was supported by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation.DES OISEAUX . TERRI WEIFENBACH


Xavier Barral


Bound, 19.5 x 25.5 cm

484 pages, 840 B&W photographs 

Two versions: French and English

Texts :

Jack Cowart, Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

Glenn R. Phillips, Getty Research Institute

and the Centre Pompidou: Didier Schulmann, Florian Ebner

Chloé Goualc'h and Stéphanie Rivoire

Julie Jones, Marcella Lista

Co-published with Les Éditions du Centre Pompidou


Photo gallery, Centre Pompidou, Paris

27 March - 5 August 2019

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