The second edition of the Journal of Contemporary Painting (JCP) addresses the work and legacy of the French painter, Simon Hantaï (1922-2008). Hantaï’s reputation in France was established from the early 1960s up until his withdrawal from the art world in 1982. Regarded as a major post-war artist who initiated a crucial rethinking of painting in the wake of Pollock and Matisse, an exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (2010) and a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013) have contributed to a recent growing interest in, and recognition of, Hantaï’s work.
Edited by Mick Finch, Laura Lisbon and Daniel Sturgis, this issue of JCP is an intervention within this emerging recognition and includes the first English translations of several archival texts together with previously unpublished transcriptions of interviews and discussions with and concerning Hantaï. Alongside this there is a commissioned visual essay and a number of newly invited essays and responses offering contemporary receptions of Hantaï’s influence.