Always Starts with an Encounter Wols — Eileen Quinlan

Always Starts with an Encounter: Wols — Eileen Quinlan

Edited by Helena Papadopoulos

October 2019
Radio Athènes and Sequence Press
Designed by O-R-G Inc., David Reinfurt
Texts by Quinn Latimer, Laura Preston, Helena Papadopoulos, Oliver Berggruen
Softcover w/ dustjacket, 227 x 182 mm
220 pages, 20 color, 81 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-7336281-3-6

Wols (1913–1951) was celebrated posthumously as one of the pioneering artists of the Art Informel movement. His distinctive early photographic work of the 1930s is however very little known. In an unusual travel across time and space his work is discussed in connection to that of contemporary American artist Eileen Quinlan (b. 1972). This book, a companion to the eponymous exhibition Always Starts with an Encounter, Wols-Eileen Quinlan, curated by Helena Papadopoulos and organized by Radio Athènes at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens in 2016, further explores the relationship between the work of the two artists through an indexical structure, various textual forms and inflections, different registers of images and close-up textures that act like another text. Spectral and suggestive, but also precise and factual it reflects on a circular idea of time as it wanders in the abstruse physicality of the photographic. This richly illustrated book includes texts by Olivier Berggruen, Quinn Latimer, Helena Papadopoulos, and Laura Preston, as well as two interviews with Eileen Quinlan.


Eileen Quinlan lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Hammer Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, among other museums. 

Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze "Wols" (1923-1951) was a German-born artist who created most of his work in France. In 1929, while living in Dresden, he started using a still camera and became involved with experimental photography. Among the institutions that have dedicated major solo exhibitions to his photography are Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, and Centre Pompidou, Paris. 


Index for E., Laura Preston
Always Starts with an Encounter, Helena Papadopoulos & Eileen Quinlan
Liver, Kidney, Breath, Body, Quinn Latimer
Yet We Strive for an Index to Prove We Are Here, Quinn Latimer & Eileen Quinlan
The Silent Camera, Olivier Berggruen
Time-Wave Crystals, Helena Papadopoulos
Biographies (Wols/Eileen Quinlan)
Radio Athènes
A Note on the Book














Wols, Eileen Quinlan, Josephine Pryde, Atelier E.B, Jazz Leeb
Organized by Helena Papadopoulos 
October 30 – December 8, 2019
Book launch and performance:
Wednesday, October 30, 7pm
Miguel Abreu Gallery
36 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002