Artist Descending a Typewriter: Nine Essays on Contemporary Art

by Michael Paul Hogan (Infos here)



Michael Paul Hogan’s writing career began in journalism. After only a year and a half on the job, Hogan realized that the best thing about journalism was the opportunity to meet famous people whose work he admired; in other words, doors opened to him that might not have otherwise. The people he met gave him material to write about, but they also gave him social and artistic connections that led him to worlds unknown. Since then, Hogan’s career and life have flourished because of the many artists hs has come to know very well, as friends and colleagues. Artist Descending a Typewriter would not have been written had Hogan not connected in meaningful ways with these thirteen artists—Li Bin, Helen Ivory, Jean Dolande, Victoria Merki, Michael Woods, Kong Ning, Paul Polydorou, Claudia Masciave, Toti O’Brien, Volker Klein, Alexander Christoph Sterzel, Ruben Dominguez Leon, and Erica Capobianco. In this book, Hogan shares conversations, memories, photographs, paintings, and assorted literary and artistic ephemera from his years of both professionally and personally knowing these artists. For the reader, the result is a door that opens onto a uniquely personal view of contemporary art.


“Michael Paul Hogan is a fascinating polymath and the thirteen artists he has chosen to profile are true originals, each an exceptional contributor in their own right. Take, for example, the multi-talented Michael Woods, described by George Melly as ‘the last of the Surrealists’ and equally aptly by the legendary film director Nicolas Roeg as ‘an artist chasing his scientist’s tail.’ Li Bin, through his conversations with the author, brings us an extraordinary insight into the Cultural Revolution in China, his artistic response being, as Hogan says, probably the most significant we will ever see from the darkest period of post-revolutionary China. This is not however the place to detail all the exceptionally talented and diverse artists whom the author has chosen to include, each one personally known to him. It is enough to say that the reader will be introduced to thirteen exceptional and mainly under-publicized artists whose interesting life stories are sympathetically recorded by Michael Paul Hogan. Each essay is accompanied by the artist’s seminal works, and the result provides an original and exceptional contribution to contemporary art history.”
——Viscountess Bridgeman, CBE, Founder, Bridgeman Art Library

ART / Individual Artists / Essays
ISBN: 978-1-956056-87-7 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2223910508

Released November 7, 2023 | Copyright 2023

190 pages; over 100 full-color images