Yve-Alain Bois

School of Historical Studies
Art History
Historical Studies
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Institute for Advanced Study

A specialist in twentieth-century European and American art, Bois is recognized as an expert on a wide range of artists, from Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso to Piet Mondrian, Barnett Newman, and Ellsworth Kelly. He has curated and co-curated a number of influential exhibitions, including Piet Mondrian, A Retrospective (1994); L’informe, mode d’emploi (1996); Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry (1999); and Picasso Harlequin 1917–1937 (2008). His books include Ellsworth Kelly: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings, Reliefs, and Sculpture: Vol. 1, 19401953 (2015); Matisse in the Barnes Foundation (2015); Art Since 1900 (with Benjamin Buchloh, Hal Foster, and Rosalind Krauss, 2004); Matisse and Picasso (1998); Formless: A User’s Guide (with Rosalind Krauss, 1997); and Painting as Model (1990). Bois is currently working on several long-term projects, foremost among them the catalogue raisonné of Ellsworth Kelly’s paintings and sculptures, the second volume (out of five) of which he plans to finish this year.

Dates at IAS

Faculty: Historical Studies

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris Doctorat de III cycle (Ph.D.), 1977
École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris M.A., 1973
Université Paris VIII License de Lettres Modernes, 1973
Awards: Prix Pierre Daix 2015; Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres 2002; Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award 2001
Editorships: October, Editor 1991–; Macula, Cofounder 1976
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Society
Harvard University 1991–2005 Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Professor of Modern Art 1991–2005; Chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture 2002–05
Johns Hopkins University 1983–1991 Professor 1989–91; Associate Professor 1984–89; Visiting Associate Professor 1983–84
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique 1977–1983 Chargé de recherche 1981–83; Attaché de recherche 1977–81