The Difficult Task of Erasing Oneself: Non-Composition in Twentieth-Century Art

The Difficult Task of Erasing...Twentieth-Century Art - Yve-Alain Bois

Yve-Alain Bois
Institute For Advanced Study
March 7, 2007

Sculpture

Yve-Alain Bois, Professor, School of Historical Studies. The lecture examines how, rather than always leading to the myth of the death of painting (or sculpture), as Alexandr Rodchenko had it, the idea that the artist should erase all traces of him- or herself was a dictum that helped sustain many different artistic practices during the past century, from Kasimir Malevich's Black Square of 1915, Jean Arp's collages "according to the laws of chance" of 1916-18, and Piet Mondrian's modular grids of 1918-19, to Pop Art, Minimalism, Process art, Conceptual art, and beyond.