Seven American artists share their invaluable perspectives on the decisive work of Simon Hantaï.
Molly Warnock invites seven American artists to write on the work of Simon Hantaï. A major artist of the second half of the 20th century, Hantaï developed an immense and multifaceted work, passing from Surrealism to gestural and written paintings and, finally, the invention of the folding method. Julie Ault, Sarah Crowner, Odili Donald Odita, Eileen Quinlan, David Reed, Pieter Schoolwerth and James Siena share their views on this master of abstraction.
Molly Warnock is an art critic and art historian based in Baltimore. She contributed an essay on Martin Barré's painting in the years 1972-77 to the catalogue for the painter's retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou. She is the author of Simon Hantaï and the Reserves of Painting (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2020) and Penser la Peinture: Simon Hantaï (Gallimard, 2012). Warnock is a frequent contributor to Artforum.
Simon Hantaï (1922-2008) was a painter born in Hungary. He moved to France in 1948. He is considered as a major figure of the abstract painting. He produced a complex and multiple work marked starting 1960 by the use of "folding as a method".