Bryan Wolf is writing a book titled, tentatively, “Hidden Histories,” about three modern artists who grapple with the past in unexpected ways: Philip Guston with the Holocaust; Martin Puryear with the Civil Rights movement; and South African artist William Kentridge with apartheid. Each artist produces a body of work that confronts—and reimagines—the past, but each also works in his art to mask the past that shadows his art. The book explores the ways in which these artists address the world of history and politics outside the language of history and politics. It focuses on the gap between history as it is lived and history as it is represented. The book will accompany an exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, scheduled tentatively for spring, 2016.
Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin
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