Paul Ardenne is a historian and art critic specialized in the field of contemporary art, aesthetics and architecture, and a teacher at the University of Amiens. He is the author of several books such as L'Art dans son moment politique, La Lettre volée, 2000, A contextual art, Flammarion, 2002 (rééd. coll. «Champs», 2004) or more recently Heureux, les créateurs? Art in the postmodern age: his friends, his false friends, his enemies, La Muette, 2016 and Un art écologique: création plasticienne et anthropoceène, Le Bord de l'eau, 2018.