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Harry Shunk, János Kender
SHUNK-KENDER - Art Through the Eye of the Camera (1957-1983)

Photographs by Harry Shunk, János Kender

Text by Jack Cowart, Glenn R. Phillips, Getty Research Institute, Didier Schulmann, Florian Ebner, Chloé Goualc’h, Stéphanie Rivoire, Julie Jones, Marcella Lista (English)

Editions Xavier Barral / Les Editions du Centre Pompidou, 2019

First edition


484 pp., 840 b/w illustrations

195 x 255 mm

ISBN 978-2-36511-236-9

Item #0066

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From the 1950s to the early 1980s, Harry Shunk and János Kender photographed the incredible effervescence of the artistic avant-garde in Paris and New York. First monograph dedicated to this remarkable photographic archive through over 800 photographs, several illustrated essays counting the remarkable history of this body of work composed of over 200 000 vintage, contact prints as well as negatives.

Shunk-Kender had mixed with artists such as John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Dan Graham, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely, Jacques Villeglé, Andy Warhol...

Their photographs bear witness to the emergence of new creative acts, from the everyday life of the studios, the public performances, the world of the galle­ries, and the milestone openings of groundbreaking exhibitions. At once major documents on the international avant-gardes of the 1950s to 1970s, these eyewitness images also established specific photographic systems and devices. They captured faces, creative gestures, the life of the studio, eve­nings between artists and collectors, using framings and ap­proaches that constitute photographic oeuvres in their own right.

SHUNK-KENDER - Art Through the Eye of the Camera (1957-1983) is published with the suppoirt of the Roy Lichtenstein Founbdation. Texts by Jack Cowart, the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation; Glenn R. Phillips, Getty Research Institute. From the Centre Pompidou: Didier Schulmann, Florian Ebner, Chloé Goualc’h and Stéphanie Rivoire, Julie Jones, Marcella Lista.

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