Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited by Julie Enckell Julliard. Text by Julie Enckell Julliard, Pamela M. Lee, Nicolas Müller, Philippe Piguet, Laurence Schmidlin, Hélène Trespeuch, Catherine de Zegher.
Swiss artist Pierrette Bloch (born 1928) has been active in the field of postwar abstraction and contemporary drawing since the 1950s. A student of Henri Goetz and André Lhote, Bloch developed a corpus of paintings, collages, drawings and three-dimensional works whose guiding principles are economy of means and materials (horsehair, sailing ropes, paper, ink); the use of primary forms (dots, curls, lines); the use of seriality and variation; and a writing-like style of inscription. For this first complete monograph on Bloch’s practice from the 1950s to the 1980s, the book’s editor, Musée Jenisch curator Julie Enckell Julliard, has invited contributions from an international panel of art critics, including Catherine de Zegher, Pamela M. Lee, Philippe Piguet and Hélène Trespeuch. Their essays address all facets of the artist’s work, from examinations of her drawing practice to a reflection on her position within modernist abstraction. A biographical essay concludes the book.