"Edited by two outstanding scholars, Breathless Days, 1959–1960 works to replace prevailing globalized and national narratives with a set of multipronged and heterogeneous studies of artworks, ideas, and events that emerged during those two years. In contrast to the usual emphases on the sixties, 1959–1960 is offered as a missing moment, an unseen linchpin, the close reading of which in this volume promises to expose a different, more accurate, and suggestive reading of the entire postwar period." — Terry Smith, author of One and Five Ideas: On Conceptual Art and Conceptualism
"Breathless Days, 1959–1960 reads kaleidoscopically, its pages flickering the myriad events that in a year changed entire aesthetic and political horizons. Serge Guilbaut and John O'Brian have assembled a gamut of pieces that show how the two worlds, modern postwar Paris and New York, were the two poles of a magnetic field. The sum of this collection will leave readers à bout de souffle, at once out of breath and breathless." — Tom Conley, author of An Errant Eye: Poetry and Topography in Early Modern France
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