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"What is distinctive about [Coplan's] mind and the way it works is the ingenuity, curiosity, independence, range, and above all the sense of a pattern emerging without pressure...."
Provocations, a selection of John Coplans’ writings from 1963–1981, edited by art critic and curator Stuart Morgan, includes essays on Classic Modernism, Photography, and Pop Art, chapters from his now out-of-print books Kurt Schwitters (written with Walter Hopps) and Serial Imagery, and his controversial report on the decline of the Pasadena Art Museum.
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Over the past thirty years, John Coplans has been a painter, magazine editor, and museum director. The photographs he began making of his naked body in 1984 are in the collections of over sixty-five prestigious institutions, including the Art Institute Of Chicago; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum Of Modern Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Tate Gallery, London; National Gallery, Edinburgh; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; I.V.A.M. Valencia, Spain; and Stockholm Konsthall. Coplans' photographs have been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (1992); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1994); P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Museum, Long Island City, New York (1997); Paco das Artes, Sao Paulo (1998); and the National Galleries, Edinburgh (1999). A founding editor of Artforum magazine, Coplans became the editor-in-chief in 1971. In 1978, as the director of the Akron Art Museum, he founded the Midwest Art Journal Dialog. Recipient of two Guggenheim Fellowships, four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and an award from the International Association of Art Critics, Coplans was the 2001 recipient of Officier de l'Ordre des Art et des Lettres from the French government. He is the author of nine books on art and photography, including Provocations (London Projects, 1996), a book of his critical writings. Born in London in 1920, Coplans lives and works in New York.
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Book Description powerHouse Books, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M157687124X