This book by the distinguished art critic Guy Brett is the first attempt to bring together a fascinating and ephemeral body of artistic work that escapes simple definition. Born in Manila, in the Philippines in 1942, and based since 1960 in London, David Medalla has distinguished himself as a major innovator of the avant-garde. His work has embraced a multitude of inquiries and enthusiasms, forms and formats, to express a singular yet deeply coherent vision of the world. Proud of his effort to remain independent of the commercial, bureaucratic and chauvinistic pressures of the art world, he has nevertheless been an international creative force, travelling, encouraging artists, creating groups and exhibition spaces, and evolving his own art which strives towards the emergence of a new kind of trasnational and polymorphic culture.
Guy Brett (London, 1942) has written about art and organized exhibitions since the early 1960s. He worked as an art critic for the London Times and as visual art editor for the weekly magazine City Limits. He is the author of monographic essays on artists such as Derek Boshier, Lygia Clark, Eugenio Dittborn, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Tina Keane, Víctor Grippo, Brion Gysin, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hiller, Ghisha Koenig, Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Pape and Aubrey Williams. He has curated notable exhibitions such as “In Motion” and “Force Fields: Phases of the Kinetic.”