Celebrated art critic and curator Guy Brett is a leading writer who has made a significant contribution to art criticism and curating. From the 1960s onwards he has championed influential and experimental artists across the world through some key exhibitions and publications. The fourteen essays in this book bring together a unique gathering of artists, tracing their diversity and singularity. Many of these artists make works which arise out of their responses to the situation or the environment in which they find themselves, a process that draws on the countless interactions people have and the many ways that they connect.
Guy Brett (b.1942) is a London-based art critic, curator and lecturer in art. He was awarded an Honorary Visiting Professorship at the University of the Arts, London and in 2005 was invited to Harvard University as a visiting scholar. In 2018 the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro paid tribute to Brett for his decades-long intellectual devotion to Brazilian art. Brett has written seminal monographic essays on artists such as Susan Hiller, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica, David Medalla, Rose English, Mona Hatoum, Takis, and others. From 1964–75 he was art critic of The Times, and from 1981–83 he was visual arts editor of City Limits. As a curator he organised many influential exhibitions including In Motion (1966), Transcontinental: Nine Latin American Artists (1990), Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object (1998), and Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic (2001). In 2019 he co-curated with Michael Wellen at Tate Modern, London, an exhibition of the work of the Greek artist Takis, the first substantial showing of the artist’s work in Britain since the 1960s.