Pierrette Bloch. Textes critiques et entretiens

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An unpublished anthology of critical texts and interviews on the work of Pierrette Bloch.


Pierrette Bloch's work became known to the general public in the early 2000s through exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, in Vevey (Switzerland) and at the Karsten Greve gallery (Paris/Cologne). Her career as an artist, however, began in the early 1950s and continued in a discreet manner, using various techniques - collage, textiles, horsehair, graphic signs close to writing - to find in series of black punctuations on a white background or white on a black background (which she herself ironically referred to as "polka dots") the "language" with which she was identified.

This book is based on a selection of critical texts that have been devoted to Pierrette Bloch's works throughout her career. The multiplicity of views, at the very moment when these works appear - and therefore without the hindsight and knowledge that history provides once it is finished - makes it possible to superimpose and recompose all these moments of exchange between an artist and her first critics, her first audience.

From the actor and mime Étienne Decroux to Philippe Dagen, via Philippe Piguet, Daniel Abadie, Élisabeth Amblard and many others, it is a whole other story that unfolds, away from the various artistic currents that have occupied the stage from the 1950s to today. It was the story of many women artists who were kept in the shadows, but also the story of a path that Pierrette Bloch chose to follow at her own pace, with the sole requirement of staying as close as possible to what she thought necessary.

In addition to the critical texts, there are some interviews given by Pierrette Bloch for films, exhibition catalogues or radio programmes with producers such as Alain Veinstein and Laure Adler. This book is a previously unpublished collection of some sixty texts accompanied by an index of names and a general bibliography.

Pierrette Bloch

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Bloch (Pierrette)

Born in 1928, Pierrette Bloch is one of Europe’s most renowned post-war abstract artists. An independent spirit, she has made use of poor materials and reduced motifs throughout the course of her career.

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