Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
"I'm interested in exploring the body as a site of both pain and pleasure in all of its ambivalence. I'm engaged in a democratization of the subject matter—equivalence, if you will—whether it's photographing Agnes Gund's granddaughter Sadie or Mystery, who dances for a dollar to make his living." Lyle Ashton Harris, in conversation with Chuck Close, excerpted from Excessive Exposure: The Complete Chocolate Portraits.
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.. Text by Okwui Enwezor. Foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Interview with Chuck Close.
Excessive Exposure documents all the chocolate-colored portraits that Bronx-born artist Lyle Ashton Harris made with a large-format Polaroid camera over the past ten years. This sequence of approximately 200 paired front and back portraits, for which Harris has become so well known, has now come to a close, making this volume the definitive publication on the series. The portraits' subjects include Harris' family and friends, art-world personalities, noted cultural figures, celebrities and politicians. These images are further distinguished by a strategic blurring of conventional gender roles, sexual identities and racial categories, and by a refined use of light and shade. Okwui Enwezor contributes an essay analyzing Harris' portraits, situating these works in the context of the artist's work of the past 20 years, as well as in the broader history of the genre. The book also includes a conversation between Harris and artist Chuck Close that took place in 1999, when Harris was beginning the series. With a penetrating foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Excessive Exposure offers a wealth of superb portraiture and is destined to become a touchstone volume among photo-books.
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.. Introduction by Susan Krane. Text by Cassandra Coblentz, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis. Interview by Senam Okudzeto.
The Washington Post's Jessica Dawson recently wrote of New York-based artist Lyle Ashton Harris, "Two decades into his career, Harris still concerns himself with the game of appearances and perception: how we present ourselves in public, how our bodies--and the meanings they carry--are received by others, how gender and race are constructed... He also reveals a poetic sensibility: a desire, shared by writers and poets, to make visible our complicated inner worlds. He acknowledges the ambivalences we carry." Blow Up, Harris' first retrospective monograph, published on the occasion of his 2008 traveling exhibition, which originated at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, features full-color reproductions from throughout his career: His "white face" self-portraits of the late 1980s, his collage-based work of the mid-1990s and his more recent Polaroid self-portraits, large-scale Blow Up collages and Ghana-based photographs. Designed by award-winning COMA, the volume includes several important new essays as well as a revealing conversation between Harris and artist Senam Okudzeto. Published in collaboration with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Published by Gregory R. Miller & Co.. Essay by Anna Deavere Smith.
Known for self-portraits which explore issues of performance, identity, family, gender, masculinity and race, Lyle Ashton Harris here presents a new series featuring himself in a variety of loaded guises: Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker and the “Boxer.” Anna Deavere Smith's essay powerfully explores her relationship to the photographs and the artist.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8.75 x 10.5 in. / 56 pgs / 19 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/2/2004 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2004
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780974364803TRADE List Price: $19.95 CDN $25.00