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Bram Bogart (2020)


Texts by Bram Bogart and Dr Flavia Frigeri
Edited by Honey Luard
Designed by Dan Solbach
330 x 240 mm, hardback
92 pages, 28 colour and 18 black and white illustrations
ISBN 978-1-910844-42-7
Published by White Cube, September 2020

This is the first book published by White Cube on the work of this important Dutch born, Belgian artist Bram Bogart (1921–2012). Spanning a lifetime of work, between 1959 and the mid-1990s, the focus is on the 1960s and 1970s – two key decades in Bogart’s career.

Bogart was primarily an abstract painter who immersed himself in the formal concerns of painting. Foregrounding gesture, colour and the physical materiality of paint itself, his works are characterised by their rich, almost sculptural accumulations of painted matter. Newly photographed for this publication, the vivid colours and physical impact of his paintings are brought to life through generous reproductions accompanied by rarely seen archival photographs taken at important moments of the artist’s life, often intimate and always revealing.

An essay by Dr Flavia Frigeri which brings new insights into the development of the artist’s practice and his broad range of influences is published alongside the artist’s own statement. Serving as an invaluable resource to an understanding of the work, in this extended text originally published in 1987, Bogart honestly and succinctly articulates the ideas that informed the development of this unique form of ‘sculptural painting’.

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Dr Flavia Frigeri is an art historian and curator, and Teaching Fellow in the History of Art Department at University College London.