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Out now: Journal of Contemporary Painting 1.2 Simon Hantaï
Lauch event on 29 June at Tymothy Taylor Gallery, London

Out Now: Journal of Contemporary Painting 1.2 Simon Hantaï

The second edition of the Journal of Contemporary
will address the work and legacy of the French
painter, Simon Hantaï (1922-2008) and is edited by Mick
Finch, Laura Lisbon and Daniel Sturgis.

Simon Hantaï’s reputation in France was established
from the early 1960s, with regular exhibitions up until
his withdrawal from the art world in 1982. His work had
a consistent impact in France where he is regarded as a
major post-war artist who initiated a crucial rethinking
of painting in the wake of Pollock and Matisse. More
recently however an exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery
in New York (2010) and a major retrospective at the Centre
Pompidou in Paris (2013) have contributed to a growing
interest in, and recognition of, Hantaï’s work outside of
France. This issue of the Journal of Contemporary Painting
is an intervention within this emerging reception.

The Journal includes archival texts in the form of the first
English translations by Philip Armstrong and Jennifer
Branlat of correspondence between Hantai and Hubert
Damish, Georges Didi-Huberman, Jean-Luc Nancy,
François Rouan and from Hantaï himself. Alongside these
translated texts stand three transcribed texts. A roundtable
and two interviews document the reflections of
Daniel Buren, Éric de Chassey, Isabelle Monod-Fontaine
and François Rouan; two artists and also long standing
friends of Hantaï’s and two art historians, who have
worked on significant exhibitions of Hantaï’s work.

Similarly, a text by Anna Hantaï, Hantaï’s daughter and
an art historian, originally published for the exhibition,
Hantai, by the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, Hungary
explores the extent of Hantaï’s ongoing practice during
the period when he withdrew from the public.
For this edition we have commissioned a visual
essay from the British painter Andy Harper which is
accompanied by a text by the philosopher Robin McKay
that further explores ideas of visual and conceptual
mirroring and reproduction. Also as part of the issue’s
interest in offering various receptions of Hantaï’s
influence, several contemporary artists were invited to
write a brief piece on Hantaï’s work including English
painter, Stuart Elliot, Belgian artist, Amélie de Beauffort,
and US painters, Joe Fyfe and Marjorie Welish.

JCP1.2 also includes reviews of An Appetite for Painting,
Contemporary Painting 2000- 2014, at the Museum of
Contemporary Art in Oslo, The Art of Dansaekhwa at
the Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Christina Ramberg, at Glasgow
International, Nasreen Mohamedi at Tate Liverpool and
John Timberlake: We Are History at Beaconsfield, London.
The Journal of Contemporary Painting responds to
the territory and practice of contemporary painting in
its broadest sense, viewing painting as a context for
discussion, exploring its sphere of history and influence,
rather than as a medium specific debate. The JCP
combines a thematic approach with an open call and
is published twice a year by Intellect. Editor, Rebecca
Fortnum, (Middlesex University), Associate Editors, Beth
Harland (Lancaster University), Mick Finch (University of
the Arts, London, Central St Martins) and Daniel Sturgis
(University of the Arts London, Camberwell).

To celebrate the launch of the second issue of the Journal of Contemporary Painting focusing on the artist Simon Hantaï, a reception event will be taking place at Timothy Taylor on Monday the 29th of June, 6-8pm

Timothy Taylor
15 Carlos Place
London W1K 2EX


Journal of Contemporary Painting 1.2
intellect publisher

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Rebecca Fortnum
Middlesex University

Editorial Assistant
Trish Scott

ISSN: 20526695 | Online ISSN: 20526709
First published in 2015 | 2 issues per volume
Photo: Antonio Semeraro, copyright. All rights reserved.