Larry Krone: Artist/Entertainer
Edited by Ivy Cooper. Essays by Shannon Fitzgerald and Carin Kuoni.
This first comprehensive publication on the New York performance artist Larry Krone is also an artist's edition, a box whose contents include a CD sound track to his latest show and a pattern for making your own stage costume, the eponymous Underpants of Many Colors. The suitcase-style packaging bears Krone's unique graphic look, and, inside, additional components including a pocket for reproductions of performance programs, copies suitable for framing and a 56-page booklet. Artist/Entertainer surveys 10 years of handmade art objects alongside Krone's keenly crafted performance pieces, where improvisation, country music, poetry, costume and family meet amid lowbrow stage sets. Underpants of Many Colors, documented here in music, costume and description, is a lively exploration into themes of love and loss, kitsch and domesticity, and finally, obsession. Krone's work has been seen at the Whitney museum of American Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art.