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Institute 193

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Hardcover, 9.5 x 8.5 in. / 112 pgs / 84 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 102   

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INSTITUTE 193

Eric Rhein: Lifelines

Text by Paul Michael Brown, Mark Doty, Eric Rhein.

Eric Rhein: Lifelines

Commemorating a crisis: the first monograph on Eric Rhein, poetical chronicler of the AIDS epidemic in photos, drawings and assemblages

This is the first book on the work of American artist Eric Rhein (born 1961), whose career has spanned four decades. This unique monograph-memoir features intimate photographs, taken between 1989 and 2012. The self-portraits and images of friends and lovers correspond to the period spanning Rhein’s HIV diagnosis, his subsequent near death and his experience of a renewed sense of vitality. New York Times critic Holland Cotter wrote of Rhein’s work: “the combination of art and craft, delicacy and resiliency, feminine and masculine, is exquisitely wrought and is, as it should be, seductive but disturbing.”

As a personal response to the AIDS crisis, Rhein’s compelling portraits highlight tenderness and care as life-saving instincts.

Included are related bodies of work: delicate assemblages and wire drawings, often serving as memorials for fallen friends. Rhein's photography, wire drawings, sculpture and watercolors honor love, touch, connection to nature, and familial history. Rhein mines collective and personal narratives, formulating pieces that are at once poetic and documentarian. Mark Doty and Paul Michael Brown contribute essays.


"River (self-portrait with Russell Sharon, Delaware Water Gap)," 1994, is reproduced from 'Eric Rhein: Lifelines.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The Body

Tim Murphy

Beautiful young men, sick but not visibly so, wrapped naked in each other’s arms. Fragile little sculptures composed of wire, buttons, jewels, and other found objects. And penises—lots and lots of penises, most in a state of peaceful repose. All of that is to be found in Lifelines, a new collection of about 30 years of work from Kentucky-bred, longtime New York City–based artist Eric Rhein, 59, who nearly died of AIDS in the mid-’90s before the protease treatment revolution brought him, along with so many others (if not all), back to life and health.

Easel Magazine

Alexandria Deters

[Rhein's] practice revolves around his understanding of the human experience, the relationships we make, the objects we hold and attach so much meaning to. He works in multiple mediums to convey this: delicately constructed assemblages, wire drawings of leaves serving as memorials, his personal photographs, and watercolors.

AnOther

Osman Can Yerebakan

Lifelines is both a catalogue and a visual memoir that chronicles the lives of friends, comrades, lovers, and peers... [the photographs are] crops of idyllic days spent between heartbreak and tenderness, as well as contemplation and bliss.

Elephant

Emily Gosling

The American artist’s images are as seductive as they are harrowing. His new monograph features self-portraits and images of friends and lovers, captured shortly after he was diagnosed with HIV in the 1980s.

PORT Magazine

Ayla Angelos

A compilation of tonal, monochromatic photography and mixed-media, Lifelines is a series of artworks taken and collected between 1989 and 2012... recording an important and personal period of history.

Eric Rhein: Lifelines

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/23/2021

Stonewall Museum & Archives presents 'Lifelines' artist Eric Rhein and curator Paul Michael Brown in conversation

Stonewall Museum & Archives presents 'Lifelines' artist Eric Rhein and curator Paul Michael Brown in conversation

Thursday, September 23 at 6:30 PM EST, artist Eric Rhein and curator and writer Paul Michael Brown will be guests of the Stonewall Museum & Archives for a Zoom conversation about Rhein's life, artwork and activism. SNMA Executive Director Hunter O'Hanian will join the discussion about the themes in Rhein's recent monograph-memoir, Lifelines, published by Institute 193. The event is free and open to the public. Please register here! A link and password will be emailed to you upon registration.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/18/2021

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division presents 'LIFELINES: Art, Intimacy and HIV—an Intergenerational Conversation'

Bureau of General Services—Queer Division presents 'LIFELINES: Art, Intimacy and HIV—an Intergenerational Conversation'

Friday, June 18 from 6–7:30PM, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division presents Eric Rhein in conversation with Mark Doty and Paul Michael Brown, as they celebrate and reflect upon the themes that run through Rhein's first monograph-memoir, Lifelines—to which Doty and Brown contribute key essays. Register at Eventbrite in order to receive the Zoom link on the day of the event.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/10/2020

Monograph as memoir in Eric Rhein's poetic 'Lifelines'

Monograph as memoir in Eric Rhein's poetic 'Lifelines'

"Internal Bloom" (2005) is reproduced from Eric Rhein: Lifelines, a new release this week. The first monograph on the artist, Lifelines collects evocative, sometimes erotic and othertimes bittersweet black-and-white self-portraits and portraits of friends and lovers alongside wire drawings, sculptural works, and delicate mixed media collages. "My art voices the course of AIDS—speaking names—telling our stories," Rhein writes. "Art-making opens channels to wisdom, communication and healing. The history of my survival and the stories of my friends who died are embodied in the objects I create. Shell-shocked as I am, I have a renewed sense of future." continue to blog


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