September - December 2006
Serge Guilbaut, a professor of art history at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, has written extensively on modern and contemporary art, in particular post-World War II cultural relations between France and the United States. His books include How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War (Chicago, 1983) which has been translated into four languages, Voir, Ne Pas Voir, Faut Voir, (Chambon, France 1993) and Sobre la desaparicion de ciertas obras de arte (Mexico City, 1995). As editor, his credits include Modernism and Modernity, (Nova Scotia, 1983), Reconstructing Modernism (Cambridge, MA, 1990), and Voices of Fire: Art, Rage, Power, and the State (Toronto, 1996). At the Clark, he will finish his forthcoming, The Spittle, the Square, and the (Un) Happy Worker, a book about the art debates in post-war Paris and their relation (or not) to New York, and will undertake preparations for the upcoming exhibition Be Bomb: The Transatlantic War of Images and All That Jazz in the 1950s for the MACBA in Barcelona (2007).