Transatlantic Conversation: About Poetry and Art
Conversation Transatlantique: autour de l’art et de la poésie
1 March/Mars 2018
American art historian/critic, Beth Gersh-Nešić and French poet/literary critic Jean-LucPouliquen share a deep appreciation for the poet/critic André Salmon, who was the close friend of poet/critic Guillaume Apollinaire and artist Pablo Picasso. From both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, they reminisce about the beginning of the twentieth century when Salmon participated in the great adventure Cubism. Transported by their conversation, the two travel down the road of time to the most recent contemporary expressions. Within this exchange, they ask each other about the current state of affairs for poetry and art in Europe and in the United States, how the new forms of communication spread the word about the arts, and how these art forms are shared from one culture to another. As they acknowledge the globalization of art, they conclude with the statement that once again the arts try to “do good,” as was their purpose in the past.
About the Authors
Beth Gersh-Nešić, Ph.D. is an art historian and the director of the New York Arts Exchange, an arts educational service which offers art tours and lectures in the New York area. She specializes in Cubism and the art criticism of the period. She has published on the poet/art critic André Salmon, a close friend of Pablo Picasso, Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob, and numerous modernist and post-modern artists. She teaches art history at Purchase College in New York.
Jean-Luc Pouliquen is a poet and literary critic. Collections of his poetry have been published in Mémoire sans tain (One-Way Memoir) and Célébrations (Celebrations). He is the author of several interviews dedicated to poetry, such as Fortune du poète (The Poet’s Fortune) with Jean Bouhier and Sur la page chaque jour (On the Page Every Day) with Daniel Biga, as well as essays. He wrote the books Gaston Bachelard ou le rêve des origins (Gaston Bachelard or Dreaming of Origins), and Georges Pompidou, un président passionné de poésie (Georges Pompidou, a President Passionate about Poetry). He regularly leads poetry writing workshops.
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