In 1916, Constantin Brancusi moved into one of a cluster of ramshackle buildings at the end of a cul-de-sac known as Impasse Ronsin, in Paris; and remained there, steadily expanding his living and working quarters, until his death in 1957. In the period from the late forties through the mid-sixties, a host of other artists lived and worked here, including William N. Copley, Max Ernst, Yves Klein, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Daniel Spoerri, and Jean Tinguely. New interviews, historical documents, and excerpts from the writing of Rivers, Saint-Phalle, and others about their time here – as well as scores of revealing photos, spanning nearly a century of Paris history – are compiled in this monograph, revealing an amazingly vital and long-lived artistic milieu that has hitherto been mostly overlooked in art history. Also documented in plate and installation photography is the gallery's 2016 historical-survey exhibition, for which this book was prepared as an accompaniment.
Softcover, 240 pages; 10 ½ x 8 ½ inches / 26.7 x 20.3 cm.