AA Bronson: AA Bronson's House of Shame
Published by Edition Patrick Frey.
Edited with foreword by Vincent Simon. Essay by Paul Clinton. Text by Philip Aarons, Defne Ayas, Elijah Burger, Matthias Herrmann, Richard John Jones, Bradford Kessler, Terence Koh, Sholem Krishtalka, Mark Jan Krayenhoff van de Leur, Gareth Long, Chrysanne Stathacos, Scott Treleaven, Louwrien Wijers. Interview by Frédéric Bonnet.
How the pioneering queer artist has reconstructed friendship and community through art in works from 2013 to 2018
A nocturnal secret ritual performed by two naked men in a hotel room in the Netherlands; a woven tent where the artist dressed as a mage encounters visitors to share their traumas; butt plugs adorned with rooster feathers; a Zen garden of mugwort: these are just a few of the works that AA Bronson (born 1946) has created in the last few years. After his General Idea partners Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal died in 1994, Bronson had to learn how to create a new community of work, friendship and love. This book emphasizes the social dimension in his work through an overview of exhibitions made between 2013 and 2018. The book is in two parts: a monographic section, with an essay and an interview with the artist, brings together the works and the exhibitions; in the second part, friends describe the artist’s five years of community life.