Paul Sharits

Paul Sharits


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Paul Sharits

Author/Editor: Yann Beauvais


Known primarily for his experimental cinema and pictorial works, filmmaker Paul Sharits developed an oeuvre that evolved around two central themes: one closely related to music and the world of abstraction and the other within the psychological and emotional arena of the figurative. This complete monograph, drawn from a recent exhibition, explores the connections between these two practices, and provides a general introduction to a remarkable body of work. Illustrated throughout, the monograph also includes several essays, texts by Sharits and interviews including texts by Yann Beauvais, Bill Brand, Edwin Carels, Rosalind Krauss, Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, Wieslaw Michalak, Annette Michelson, Józef Robakowski, Keith Sanborn and Paul Sharits.

Paul Jeffrey Sharits (1943-1993) was an American experimental filmmaker and one of the most important representatives of structural film, with a sensual approach to the medium of film that brought abstraction (pure colours, loops, flickering effects, etc.) together with figurative techniques (themes relating to violence, illness, psychology, sexuality, etc.). His processes of composition were greatly influenced by his fascination with music. During the conception of his films he made graphical scores that he considered to be drawings in their own right. An interdisciplinary artist, he was also a painter and visual artist and was associated with the Fluxus movement.

7 Figment, yann beauvais
31 Paul Sharits and the Critique of Illusionism: An Introduction, Annette Michelson
35 Information theory and aesthetic perception: objects in your mirror are closer than they appear, Keith Sanborn
47 Paul Sharits, Rosalind Krauss
57 Shadow is the Queen of Colour, Edwin Carels
63 The Artist as Archivist, Bill Brand
71 Art Friend (A Memoir), Józef Robakowski
73 Attention: Light! Technical description, Wieslaw Michalak
77 Interview with Paul Sharits, Jean-Claude Lebensztejn
103 Words per Page, Paul Sharits
113 Chart Of Visual Development / Razor Blades, Paul Sharits
115 Dear Mr. Lebensztejn, Paul Sharits
117 Letter to Marlis Grüterlich, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Köln, Paul Sharits
121 Hearing : Seeing, Paul Sharits
127 Cinema As Cognition: Introductory Remarks, Paul Sharits
131 Regarding the Frozen Film Frame Series: A Statement for the 5th International Experimental Film Festival, Knokke, December 1974, Paul Sharits
133 Program note for the Whitney Museum of American Art’s New American Film Series, Paul Sharits
135 I Feel Free, Paul Sharits
141 Interview with Paul Sharits, Gary Garrels
153 Post-Expressionism, Paul Sharits
163 My painting (& film) for Galerie A, Paul Sharits
195 Filmography
196 Installations

Publisher: Les presses du reel
ISBN: 9782840662433
Dimensions: 8 x 10.5 inches

Additional information

Weight 10.6 oz
Dimensions 5.75 × 9.5 × 0.5 in