Johan Pas – Artists’ Publications: The Belgian Contribution

Artists' Publications: The Belgian Contribution, Johan Pas (Koenig Books, London, 2017). Photography © Studio Luc Derycke.

Wednesday, April 4
6:00pm – 8:00pm
ACT Cube, e15-001

Art historian Johan Pas will guide us through his recent book Artists’ Publications: The Belgian Contribution (Koenig Books, London, 2017).

Starting with the historical avant-gardes of the early 20th Century, Pas sketches out the evolution of artists’ books and magazines released in Belgium. The focus will be on the golden age of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, with, between others, René Magritte and Marcel Broodthaers, but Pas will also discuss the recent revival of artists’ print during the last decades.

Johan Pas holds a PhD in art history and is the dean of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. He is an author, a curator and a collector.

Since 2000 his research focuses on the exhibition history of contemporary art (in Belgium and abroad) and on the role of artists’ publications in the avant-gardes of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. He curated exhibitions for museums, art centers, art schools and libraries, and wrote monographies about contemporary artists and artists’ books. He also wrote essays for several exhibition catalogues and art magazines.

In 2015 he founded the Collection for Research on Artists’ Publications. He lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

Respondent: Pedro Zylbersztajn (SMACT’18)



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