COLLABORATIONS

PUBLISHER
Hatje Cantz

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 7.75 x 9.5 in. / 432 pgs / 250 color.

PUBLISHING STATUS
Pub Date
Out of print

DISTRIBUTION
D.A.P. Exclusive
Catalog: FALL 2011 p. 78   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9783775730037 TRADE
List Price: $60.00 CDN $70.00

AVAILABILITY
Not available

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 09/04/11-12/04/11

Williamstown, MA
Williams College Museum of Art, 02/04/12-07/29/12

BROWSE THE 2021 SPRING CATALOG

Preview our SPRING 2021 catalog, featuring more than 400 new books on art, photography, design, architecture, film, music and visual culture.

  

HATJE CANTZ

ASCO: Elite of the Obscure

A Retrospective 1972-1987

Text by C. Ondine Chavoya, Rita Gonzalez, David E. James, Amelia Jones, Chon A. Noriega, Jesse Lerner, Deborah Cullen, Maris Bustamante, Colin Gunckel, David Román, Raúl Homero Villa, Josh Kun, Tere Romo, Mario Ontiveros, Ramón García, Michelle Habell-Pallán.

Featured image is "ASCO, <I>Scissors</I>" (1974). Associated with Asco's No Movie project, this black-and-white photograph of Patssi Valdez was shot by Harry Gamboa, Jr., and reproduced on the cover of the final issue of the collective's zine, <I>Regeneración</I>--a key venue for early Chicana feminist thought and artwork by Gamboa, Valdez, and other Asco founders, Gronk and Willie F. Herrón III.ASCO: Elite of the Obscure is the first comprehensive monograph to survey the wide-ranging activities of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group ASCO. Active between 1972 and 1987, ASCO began as a tight-knit core of artists from east Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón and Patssi Valdez. Taking their name from the Spanish idiomatic word for disgust and nausea, ASCO launched their response to turbulent socio-political conditions in Los Angeles and the larger international context through performance, public art and multimedia. Geographically and culturally segregated from the then-nascent Los Angeles contemporary art scene, and aesthetically at odds with the emerging Chicano art movement, ASCO united to explore and exploit what they saw as the unlimited media of the conceptual. ASCO: Elite of the Obscure includes reproductions of previously unpublished works and reprinted historical documents, along with new critical essays.

Featured image is "ASCO, Scissors" (1974). Associated with Asco's No Movie project, this black-and-white photograph of Patssi Valdez was shot by Harry Gamboa, Jr., and reproduced on the cover of the final issue of the collective's zine, Regeneración--a key venue for early Chicana feminist thought and artwork by Gamboa, Valdez, and other Asco founders, Gronk and Willie F. Herrón III.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The New York Times

Randy Kennedy

"Asco's method was a kind of bombastic excess and elegant elusiveness that would have made Tristan Tzara proud, not to mention Cantinflas and Liberace. …it was a distinctly Chicano brand of Dada…"

ASCO: Elite of the Obscure

STATUS: Out of print | 00/00/00

For assistance locating a copy, please see our list of recommended out of print specialists

FROM THE BOOK
"The mongrel, the squint-eyed, the queer: Asco's practice, particularly in its early period from 1971 to 1975 in which they produced myriad public events including walking murals and elaborate carnivalesque plays, publications, and photographs presented as No Movies ('film stills' documenting movies never made), worked against the binary of borders by occurring in 'borderlands' like those described by Gloria Anzaldúa as materially, conceptually, and politically in-between spaces. They also set their bodies in motion across time, putting into play diachronic anti-narratives (often facetiously frozen in those fake movie stills) that function temporally between past references, present actions, and future possibilities for social change. As artists of the in-between, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez deliberately and systematically activated the figure of 'the squint-eyed, the perverse, the queer, the troublesome, the mongrel, the mulatto, the half-breed, the half dead.' Gamboa stated that they functioned as 'self-imposed exiles,' mispronouncing the cultures around them: 'The artist who is exiled is free to question, to denounce, to mispronounce, to bring ugly truths to the surface.' In this way, Asco produced a non-binary, simultaneously affirmative and critical approach to making culture…"

Amelia Jones, excerpted from the chapter "Traitor Prophets": Asco's Art as a Politics of the In-Between

OF RELATED INTEREST

Damián Ortega: The Beetle and Other Works

DAMIáN ORTEGA: THE BEETLE AND OTHER WORKS

Essays by Eungie Joo, Hari Kunzru and Alma Ruiz.

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS/REDCAT

ISBN: 9780974983134
USD $39.95
| CAN $50

Pub Date: 2/1/2006
Out of print | Not available


FORTHCOMING AND NEW: ART

Paul Virilio and Diller Scofidio + Renfro: EXIT

PAUL VIRILIO AND DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO: EXIT

Text by Paul Virilio, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Mark Hansen, Laura Kurgan, François Gemenne.

FONDATION CARTIER POUR L'ART CONTEMPORAIN, PARIS

ISBN: 9782869251434
USD $19.95
| CAN $27.95

Pub Date: 10/3/2020
Active | In stock


Heidi Specker: Re-Prise

HEIDI SPECKER: RE-PRISE

Edited with text by Jürgen Wilde.

SPECTOR BOOKS

ISBN: 9783959050647
USD $49.95
| CAN $67.5

Pub Date: 2/1/2016
Active | In stock


Erik Kessels & Thomas Sauvin: Talk Soon

ERIK KESSELS & THOMAS SAUVIN: TALK SOON

Text by Kingston Trinder.

ATELIER ÉDITIONS

ISBN: 9781733622059
USD $39.95
| CAN $53.5 UK £ 32.5

Pub Date: 4/13/2021
Active | In stock


Chen Yufan & Chen Yujun: Mulan River

CHEN YUFAN & CHEN YUJUN: MULAN RIVER

Text by Fang Zhiling, Bao Dong, Lu Mingjun.

KERBER

ISBN: 9783735607270
USD $56.00
| CAN $78

Pub Date: 7/27/2021
Forthcoming


Gary Hill & Martin Cothren: You Know Where I'm At and I Know Where You’re At

GARY HILL & MARTIN COTHREN: YOU KNOW WHERE I'M AT AND I KNOW WHERE YOU’RE AT

DIS VOIR

ISBN: 9782914563963
USD $29.95
| CAN $41.95

Pub Date: 2/23/2021
Active | In stock


Wolf Tones

WOLF TONES

SOBERSCOVE PRESS

ISBN: 9781940190280
USD $25.00
| CAN $34.5 UK £ 22

Pub Date: 10/12/2021
Forthcoming


Manuela Alexejew with Thomas Kausch: It's Not about the Money

MANUELA ALEXEJEW WITH THOMAS KAUSCH: IT'S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY

Text by Thomas Kausch. Photographs by Andrea Ferrari.

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783958298989
USD $38.00
| CAN $53

Pub Date: 2/1/2022
Forthcoming


Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan: Drifting Studio Practice

LONNIE VAN BRUMMELEN & SIEBREN DE HAAN: DRIFTING STUDIO PRACTICE

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775747059
USD $46.00
| CAN $63.5

Pub Date: 8/3/2021
Forthcoming


Elisa Caldana & Diego Tonus: Never Again

ELISA CALDANA & DIEGO TONUS: NEVER AGAIN

Text by Charles Esche, Gareth Evans, Mark von Schlegell. Interview by Emanuele Guidi.

MOUSSE PUBLISHING

ISBN: 9788867494194
USD $25.00
| CAN $34.5

Pub Date: 3/30/2021
Active | In stock


General Idea: P Is for Poodle

GENERAL IDEA: P IS FOR POODLE

Foreword by AA Bronson.

MITCHELL-INNES & NASH

ISBN: 9780998631295
USD $60.00
| CAN $84 UK £ 53

Pub Date: 9/29/2020
Active | In stock


Hundertwasser & Schiele: Imagine Tomorrow

HUNDERTWASSER & SCHIELE: IMAGINE TOMORROW

Edited by Hans-Peter Wipplinger. Text by Bazon Brock, Robert Fleck, Alexandra Matzner.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783960987659
USD $45.00
| CAN $63

Pub Date: 8/18/2020
Active | In stock


N.E. Thing Co.: Companies Act (Volume 1)

N.E. THING CO.: COMPANIES ACT (VOLUME 1)

Introduction by Jean-Christophe Ammann, Iain Baxter. Foreword by Ryan Smith.

BRICK PRESS

ISBN: 9780994838605
USD $35.00
| CAN $49 UK £ 30

Pub Date: 10/6/2020
Active | In stock



print icon


arrow back


arrow next


ARTBOOK LOGO
 
 

the art world's source for books on art & culture

  

CUSTOMER SERVICE
orders@artbook.com
212 627 1999
M-F 9-5 EST

TRADE ACCOUNTS

800 338 2665

CONTACT

JOBS + INTERNSHIPS

NEW YORK
Showroom by Appointment Only
75 Broad Street, Suite 630
New York NY 10004
Tel   212 627 1999

LOS ANGELES
Showroom by Appointment Only
818 S. Broadway, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tel. 323 969 8985

ARTBOOK LLC
D.A.P. | Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.


All site content Copyright C 2000-2017 by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc. and the respective publishers, authors, artists. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders.

ARTBOOK AMPERSAT

The D.A.P. Catalog
www.artbook.com