Yve-Alain Bois

Yve -Alain Bois ( born April 16, 1952 in Constantine, Département de Constantine) is a French- Algerian art historian, art critic and professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.


Bois received a Master of Arts in 1973 from the École pratique des hautes études in Paris for work on El Lissitzky's typography, and a Ph.D. in 1977 from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales for work on Lissitzky's and Malevich's conceptions of space.

Bois was one of the co-founder and co-director of the macula magazine from 1976-79 and 1976 the macula - book series. He is co-editor of Artforum, an international art magazine.

Bois was Professor of Modern Art and chairman of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. He taught as a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. Bois is a professor at the School for theoretical research and intellectual inquiries, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.


  • Preface to Pierre Francastel: Art and Technology in the 19th and 20th Centuries. 2000, ISBN 1-890951-02-1.
  • With Pierre Francastel: Roy Lichtenstein: Perfect / Imperfect. 2002, ISBN 1-880154-81-1.
  • Christine Marcel, Olivier Rolin: Sophie Calle: Did You See Me? Prestel. 2003, ISBN 3-7913-3035-7.
  • With Walter Hopps: Edward Ruscha: Catalogue Raisonne of the Paintings: 1958-1970. 2004, ISBN 3-88243-972-6.
  • With Benjamin HD Buchloh, Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss: Art Since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism. Volume 1: 1900-1944. 2005, ISBN 0-500-28534-9
  • With Elisabeth Sussman, Fred Wasserman et. al. Eva Hesse: Sculpture. 2006, ISBN 0-300-11418-4.
  • Foreword to: Mel Bochner: Solar System & Rest Rooms: Writings and Interviews, 1965-2007. 2008, ISBN 0-262-02631-7
  • With Guy Brett, Guitemie Maldonado, Josiah McElheny: Georges Vantongerloo: A Longing for Infinity. 2009, ISBN 84-8026-400-4.
  • Gabriel Orozco ( October Files). MIT Press, 2009, ISBN 0-262-01318-5.
  • With Dawn Ades: Picasso Harlequin 1917 to 1937. 2009, ISBN 88-6130-990-9.