Jean Frémon's THE PARADOXES OF ROBERT RYMAN:EXPANDED EDITION is an extended edition of a collection of essays about the American abstract painter, Robert Ryman. Robert Ryman's remarks were written down by Fremon during the course of many visits to his studio in 1989 and 1990. Fremon wrote down his thoughts and Ryman's remarks in French, even though their conversations were spoken in English. From these notes Frémon wrote a collection of essays that were then retranslated into English for this book, and thus they may differ slightly from the original.
Literary Nonfiction. Essay. Art.
Jean Fremon is a French novelist and the President of Galerie Lelong (Paris and New York). Many of his books are noted for the engaging ways in which they blend history, art criticism, ekphrasis, and fictional narrative. Several of his works have appeared in English translation and other languages. In 1984, he presented a large exhibition of recent paintings by Robert Ryman in Paris.
Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen and a half books of fiction, most recently The Glassy Burning Floor of Hell (Coffee House Press, 2021) and Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press, 2019). His fiction has won the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, the IHG Award, and the ALA-RUSA Award, and has been a finalist for the Ray Bradbury Prize and The Edgar Award. His translations include work by Manuela Draeger, Antoine Volodine, Gerard Macé, Jean Frémon, Jacques Jouet, Claro, Christian Gailly, Jules Romains, and David B. He has been a finalist for the French-American Foundation Translation Prize three times. He lives in Valencia, CA and teaches at CalArts.