Avant-gardes
 
Socio-political utopias of the 19th century, to radical artistic movements of 20th century historic modernity.
 
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Juliette Evezard - « Un Art Autre » - Le rêve de Michel Tapié
2023
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
forthcoming
An analysis of the true theoretical and commercial system developed by Michel Tapié de Céleyran (1909-1987), who invented his profession of art entrepreneur by combining several activities—art critic, editor, artistic advisor, broker and collector—, contributed to the international destiny of some 200 artists (including Dubuffet, Mathieu, Pollock, Riopelle, Sam Francis, Tapiès, Saura, Fontana, and De Kooning) and was at the origin of "Informal Art".
(In)actualité du surréalisme (1940-2020)
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
forthcoming
A reevaluationof Surrealism since 1940: a large-scale, groundbreaking work covering seven decades, questioning the discourses, narratives, and debates on the poetic, political, and artistic commitments of the movement, in the context of the deep social and cultural mutations of the world of the second half of the 20th century.
Kitasono Katué - 1902-1978
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Construction
forthcoming
Monograph.
Marc Décimo - Étant donné Marcel Duchamp - Palimpseste d\'une œuvre
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
An erudite investigation into the enigma of Marcel Duchamp's great testamentary work Étant donnés, an installation conceived for twenty years in the greatest secrecy before being unveiled to the public a year after the death of the inventor of the readymade, which gives the viewer new keys to interpretation, by examining both what the work concludes and what it opens.
Sherill Tippins - Dans le palais des rêves - La vie et l\'époque du légendaire Chelsea Hotel de New York
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
A fascinating exploration of the utopian origins and tumultuous 130-year history of the largest and longest-lived artists' community in the world.
Pierre Tilman - Actes d\'art (1960-1980)
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
A journey through the years 1960-1980, following Pierre Tilman's friendships with the artists, poets, jazz musicians and creators who marked the artistic and literary landscape of the time.
Sherill Tippins - Dans le palais des rêves - La vie et l\'époque du légendaire Chelsea Hotel de New York
2022
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
A fascinating exploration of the utopian origins and tumultuous 130-year history of the largest and longest-lived artists' community in the world.
The Return of DADA / Die Wiederkehr von DADA / Le Retour de DADA (4 volume box set)
2022
texts in English, French, German
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Misceallenous
Reevaluating the scholarly knowledge about Dada and its legacy, this publication reconstructs how Dada was (re)invented in the 1950s and the 1960s, especially by the Dada protagonists themselves, and asks to what extent Dada's impulses are still relevant regarding current aesthetic, literary and cultural analyses.
Ueno Chizuko - Une idéologie pour survivre - Débats féministes sur violence et genre au Japon
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Délashiné!
First translation into French of a work by the Japanese sociologist and feminist Chizuko Ueno, who questions the relationship of women to historical tragedies, violence, war and terrorism, rejecting all forms of violence, both state and domestic, as well as domination.
Nakai Masakazu - Introduction à l\'esthétique
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Délashiné!
The first translation into French of a work by the Japanese philosopher, this book, based on photography and cinema, in dialogue with Cassirer, Heidegger, Marx and the authors of the Frankfurt School, proposes an aesthetic of resistance and rebound that is inseparable from the body and the struggles it involves.
Erik Avert - George Brecht, vers un art transdisciplinaire
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
Attempting to explore the transdisciplinary aspects of artistic practice, this book revisits a tipping point in art history: the invention of preconceptual and minimal art forms by George Brecht, a chemical engineer and artist.
Olivier Garcin - Une épopée, un lieu, une revue, des actions, « tout un tas d\'horizons »...
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Construction
An exhaustive documentation to celebrate 40 years of creative activities at Garage 103—an historical place for post-Fluxus artistic, performative, poetic, and sonic experimentations in the heart of Nice.
Elena Prosvetina - Au temps des utopies radieuses - Création et folie en Russie soviétique (1921-1929) – Suivi de Pavel Karpov : L\'activité créatrice des aliénés, 1926
2021
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Les Hétéroclites
A study and translation of a fundamental text on the “art of the insane” in Russia, re-establishing a whole section of Western history of the interest of psychiatrists in the relationship between creation and madness.
Pierre Petit - Pièces contées
2020
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Misceallenous
The main works of the artist in thirty-one short texts, without images.
Agathe Mareuge - Petite éternité - L\'œuvre poétique tardive de Jean Hans Arp
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
A closer reading of the late poetry of Jean Hans Arp (1886-1966), major figure of the Dada movement in Zurich, a friend of the surrealists, painter, sculptor, also author of an important bilingual poetic work, which covers more than half a century of creation (with a choice of poems previously unpublished).
Gertrude Stein et les arts
2019
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
A collective reassessment of Gertrude Stein's relationship to the arts, allowing to understand the complexity of the relationship between writing and visual arts in her work.
Michael R. Taylor - Percy Rainford - Duchamp\'s “Invisible” Photographer
2018
English edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Misceallenous
First publication dedicated to Jamaican-born American photographer Percy Rainford, a longtime collaborator of both Marcel Duchamp and architect Frederick Kiesler. Drawing from extensive archival research and interviews, author Michael R. Taylor showcases the work of this remarkable avant-garde photographer, while also shedding new light on his collaborations with Duchamp and Kiesler.
Frédéric Valabrègue - George Brecht, histoire d\'un effacement
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Al Dante
An essay by Frédéric Valabrègue on the American avant-garde artist, one of the main actors of the Fluxus movement.
Camille Bryen - L\'ouvre-boîte - Colloque abhumaniste
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Paperback
Narrative essay developping the notion of abhumanism, a critical philosophy which questions the centrality of mankind in our relationship to the world. With illustrations by Camille Bryen and a foreword by Michel Giroud.
Le lettrisme et son temps
2018
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Construction
A collective reflection on the historical stakes of French avant-garde movement Lettrism.
Happenings & Events - Tulane Drama Review – vol. 10, nº 2, Hiver 1965
2017
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Misceallenous
French translation of the Tulane Drama Review's 1965 issue on the happening (with John Cage, Dick Higgins, Allan Kaprow, George Maciunas, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Yvonne Rainer, La Monte Young…).
Helen Molesworth - Duchamp - By Hand, Even / À la main, même / Mit der Hand, sogar
2017
trilingual edition (English / German / French)
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Misceallenous
In her brilliant essay, Helen Molesworth pinpoints the significance of the return of the handmade in Duchamp's artistic oeuvre of his later years and, at the same time, and for the very first time, makes this fundamental paradigmatic change the focal point of academic debate.
Marc Décimo - Des fous et des hommes avant l\'art brut - suivi de Marcel Réja : L\'Art chez les fous – Le dessin, la prose, la poésie – 1907 (édition critique et augmentée)
2017
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Les Hétéroclites
An introductory examination of asylum art before the theorization of art brut, followed by a new critical edition of French alienist Marcel Réja's study on the “madmen's art”.
Tanka G. Tremblay - Le texte à l\'épreuve de la folie et de la littérature
2017
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Les Hétéroclites
A study on the relationship between literature and madness from the 18th century until now.
Frédéric Alix - Penser l\'art et le monde après 1945 - Isidore Isou, essai d\'archéologie d\'une pensée
2017
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
Analyzing the theoretical and aesthetic thought of the founder of Lettrism in the intellectual context of the post-war and up to 1968.
Marc Décimo - Les jardins de l\'art  brut
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Construction
Outside museums, on the roadsides, a journey through the gardens and backyards of Europe and America to discover the "madmen's art": an illustrated essay on the birth and the future of Art Brut (new expanded edition).
Brut Now - Art Brut in Technological Times
2016
bilingual edition (English / French)
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Misceallenous
(last copies available!)
Reference catalogue that examines the notion of Art Brut in a time of new technologies. The first section of the volume features a selection of essays by specialists; the second and richly illustrated section introduces the works of 28 iconic or emerging artists.
Champlitte Jicaltepec/San Rafael
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Misceallenous
Dedicated to the long-lasting ties between Mexico and France, this survey catalogue's common thread is the foundation of a Fourierist-inspired community in Jicaltepec in the 19th century. The historical event interacts throughout the volume with the works of artists questioning the notions of travel, exile, relationships and utopia.
Michael Lucken - Nakai Masakazu - Naissance de la théorie critique au Japon
2016
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Délashiné!
An introduction to the work of a pioneer in media, cinema and sport criticism in Japan, whose thinking deeply marked the counter-culture movements of the 60's.
Raoul Hausmann et les avant-gardes
2015
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
This publication aims to explore how the multiple production of Raoul Hausmann, a central figure of Dada, has helped to shape the art of modernity.
Julien Blaine - La poésie à outrance - À propos de la poésie élémentaire de Julien Blaine
2015
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Construction
A critical book: a reassessment of Julien Blaine's poetry and the aesthetic problems related to it.
Clémentine Hougue - Le cut-up de William S. Burroughs - Histoire d\'une révolution du langage
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
A genealogy of cut-up: the history and development of a radical and pioneering literary technique, in Europe and the US, in the twentieth century (readings from William S. Burroughs).
Marc Décimo - Les Jocondes à moustaches
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Les Hétéroclites
Does Mona Lisa deserve her mustache? An erudite review of 180 pre- and post-Duchamp caricatures and misappropriations.
Marc Décimo - Sciences et Pataphysique - Tome II : Comment la linguistique vint à Paris – De Michel Bréal à Ferdinand de Saussure
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Les Hétéroclites
Science and Pataphysics, volume II: the birth of linguistics, as an academic field, in France, and the ideological and political issues that contribute to this implementation.
Marc Décimo - Sciences et Pataphysique - Tome I : Savants reconnus, érudits aberrés, fous littéraires, hétéroclites et celtomanes en quête d\'ancêtres hébreux, troyens, gaulois, francs, atlantes, animaux, végétaux, aryens, extraterrestres et autres ?
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Les Hétéroclites
Science and Pataphysics, volume I: the history of the origin myths—how science is torn from what is now defined as pseudo-science.
Léon Rosenthal - Correspondance croisée
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
In about 600 selected letters, this correspondence documents the biography, activities, career and work of the art historian Leo Rosenthal (1870-1932).
Michel Giroud - Le Musée des Muses Amusées (MMAM) Imperium Asinum Magnificum (IAM) selon la Poésie Totalement Totale (PTT) (+ CD / DVD)
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Construction
A real, potential and fictitious museum by Michel Giroud.
Bruno Fernandès - Pornologie vs capitalisme – Le groupe de happening Zero Jigen - Japon 1960-1972
2014
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Délashiné!
First monograph in a Western language on the subversive and radical Japanese avant-garde group Zero Jigen.
A bras le corps - Matérialité, image et devenir des corps
2013
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Bibliothèque art action pensée
A collective publication that brings together artists and researchers on the issue of the body.
Raoul Hausmann - Hylé - État de rêve en Espagne
2013
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
Raoul Hausmann's autobiographical novel.
Marc Décimo - Émilie-Herminie Hanin (1862-1948) - Inventeure, peintresse naïve, brute et folle littéraire
2013
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – Les Hétéroclites
Herminie Hanin (a figure of art brut, “fou littéraire” with a tendency to paranoia, inventor of the plane trap) inaugurates the series “Les Hétéroclites” (“Heterogeneous”), created by Marc Décimo to explore the relations between literature, art, insanity and creation.
Xavier Forneret - Ecrits complets - Volume I (1834-1876) – Théâtre, poésie, musique
2013
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
The theatrical, poetical and musical work of Xavier Forneret, French Romantic writer, precursor of the Surrealist movement.
Xavier Forneret - Ecrits complets - Volume II (1836-1880) – Aphorismes, contes et récits, roman, vie quotidienne
2013
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
Stories, novels, correspondence and short texts by Xavier Forneret, French Romantic writer, precursor of the Surrealist movement.
Charles Dreyfus Pechkoff - Fluxus - L\'Avant-garde en mouvement
2012
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
Essay and interviews.
Émile Bernard - Les lettres d\'un artiste (1884-1941)
2012
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
Emile Bernard's correspondence.
Jonathan Beecher - Victor Considerant - Grandeur et décadence du socialisme romantique
2012
French edition
Les presses du réel – Avant-gardes – L'écart absolu (Absolute Gap) – Fundamental
A critical biography.
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