yves alain bois

Alberto Giacometti, Suspended Ball, 1930-31, iron and plaster

“The irruption of the libidinal visual field by means of a simple beat - a throbbing movement. Associations of erotic drive released by the pendulum become polymorphous: in the vacillations of the pendulum’s swing, each element of this sexualised machine continually changes sexual identity. The pulse puts into action an infinite permutation, that annuls metaphor through metaphoric excess.”

Yve-Alain Bois, 

The Use Value of “Formless”, 1997

On Tuesday, April 19, join us for On Ellsworth Kelly, a conversation with Yve-Alain Bois, professor of art history at the Institute for Advanced Study, and the Whitney’s Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator Scott Rothkopf.

Ellsworth Kelly (1923–2015), Atlantic, 1956. Oil on canvas. 80 1/8 × 115 5/16 in. (203.5 × 292.9 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 57.9a-b. © Ellsworth Kelly