Introduction by Jeffrey Deitch. Interviews with Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, Arto Lindsay, Annina Nosei, Diego Cortez, Glenn O'Brien, Text by Suzanne Mallouk, Gerard Basquiat, Michael Holman. Chronology by Franklin Sirmans.
Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 248 pgs / 146 color / 14 bw. | 2/1/2007 | Not available $70.00
Photographs by Arne Svenson. Edited by Ron Warren. With contributions by Simon Doonan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman, Peter Getty, Penn Jillette, M. Raven Metzner, Isaac Mizrahi, Glenn O'Brien, Dale Peck, Ingrid Schaffner.
Flexibound, 8 x 10 in. / 224 pgs / 2 color / illustrated throughout. | 12/2/2002 | Not available $24.95
Published by Damiani. Text by Glenn O'Brien. Interview by Franklin Sirmans. Foreword by Garrett Neff. Designed by Sam Shahid.
Jeremy Kost's (born 1977) last monograph, It's Always Darkest before Dawn, established him as a master of the Polaroid. His body of work is at once image, performative act and genre-bending fusion of subject, environment and artistic technique. Born of one of the fortuitous mistakes in the artist's studio that leads to incredible breakthroughs--a camera malfunction-- Kost's latest series consists of multiple-exposure Polaroids of young, stereotypically beautiful men--a subject and technique that Kost has been investigating for nearly a decade. These mesmerizing, layered Polaroid images are collected in Fractured, along with contextualizing and descriptive text from Franklin Sirmans, LACMA Curator of Contemporary Art. Made throughout 2013, only a fraction of the work has been seen outside of the studio before the publication of this book. Presenting dreamlike, fractured narratives collapsed into a single Polaroid frame, each image takes the viewer to an intimate place filled with broken dreams and unrequited desire, while celebrating man's beauty and identity. Whether cropped to show luminous details or simply floated on the page, each photograph represents a tangible, beautiful moment layered in mystery.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Katja Eichinger, Anthony James, Christian Kracht, Matthias Mühling, Glenn O'Brien, Rupert Sheldrake.
Multimedia artist Anthony James (born 1974) likes to work with heavy equipment, using a chainsaw to cut birch trunks and arranging them in glass boxes with mirrors, or setting his beloved Ferrari 355 Spider on fire and exhibiting the gutted wreck. Morphic Fields offers an overview of his oeuvre.
Published by PictureBox. Text by Ross Simonini, Glenn O'Brien, Monica Ramirez-Montagut.
Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez (born 1977) has received much critical acclaim over the past few years. Cartoonish and energetic, his expressive paintings (both abstract and figurative) often employ a loosely fixed cast of forms--such as flowers, tabletops, shoes and, most recently, bent yellow columns and white horizons. These works conjure the rough, vivid execution of a Basquiat, a Gorky or a Guston. Martinez works in series, reprising these forms over several (usually large-scale) canvases. This book, the first substantial monograph on the artist, documents the last six years of Martinez’s output, reproducing 200 works in color and grouping them thematically, by animals, flowers, tabletops, still lifes and portraits.
Published by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. Edited by Mary Blair Hansen. Text by Glenn O'Brien.
New York artist Dash Snow’s death in July 2009, two weeks before his 28th birthday, sent shockwaves of grief through the art world, though it was not unexpected. Since his late teens, Snow had used photography to documents his days and nights of extreme hedonism--nights which, as he famously claimed, he might not otherwise remember. As these Polaroid photographs began to be exhibited in the early 2000s, Snow was briefly launched to art-world superstardom, keeping company with the likes of Dan Colen and Ryan McGinley, with whom he pioneered a photographic style whose subject matter is best characterized in McGinley’s brief memoir of Snow: “Irresponsible, reckless, carefree, wild, rich--we were just kids doing drugs and being bad, out at bars every night. Sniffing coke off toilet seats. Doing bumps off each others’ fists. Driving down one-way streets in Milan at 100 miles an hour blasting ‘I Did It My Way’ in a white van.” Dash Snow: I Love You, Stupid compiles these famous Polaroids, previously only published in relatively expensive editions. Opening with scenes of friends crashed on beds and couches, floors and even the street, it records hazily snatched glimpses of sex, hard drugs and hanging out; adventures in cars, baths, pools, subway cars, friends’ apartments, on boardwalks and rooftops. With 430 color reproductions, and at $55, this definitive and affordable monograph constitutes an extraordinary document of a life lived at full pitch. Dash Snow (1981–2009) was a great-grandson of the founders of the Menil Collection in Houston, Dominique de Menil and John de Menil, and grandson of the Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. After spending his teen years as a graffiti artist, Snow moved to New York, where he died on the evening of July 13, 2009, at Lafayette House, a hotel in lower Manhattan.
Published by Paper Chase Press. Text by Glenn O'Brien.
This monograph on Brooklyn–based painter and draughtsman Eddie Martinez (born 1977) presents a collection of 40 ink drawings made between 2010 and 2012. Best known for his paintings and mixed-media works, Martinez’s expressionistic works show the influence of Picasso, de Kooning, Guston and Hockney, to which he adds the edge of contemporary graffiti art.
BOOK FORMAT Flexi, 8 x 11 in. / 46 pgs / 40 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 1/31/2013 Active
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2012 p. 167
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780985204402TRADE List Price: $19.00 CDN $25.00
Published by Sperone Westwater, New York. Edited by Alex Chohlas-Wood. Interview by Glenn O'Brien.
This volume presents Tom Sachs’ most recent bricolage sculptures, some of which play off works by Lichtenstein and Richter, as well as singer James Brown, African sculpture and Sèvres porcelain. Several of these paintings incorporate Sachs’ pyrography technique, whereby “paint strokes” are burned and etched into the wood surface.
PUBLISHER Sperone Westwater, New York
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 in. / 120 pgs / 59 color / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/31/2012 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2012 p. 148
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780982837269TRADE List Price: $45.00 CDN $55.00
Published by Verlag für moderne Kunst. Edited by Cathérine Hug, Gerald Matt, Thomas Miessgang. Text by Glenn O'Brien, Dieter Buchhart. Interviews with Rita Ackermann, Charlie Ahearn, Tamra Davis, Ari Marcopoulos, Glenn O'Brien.
The street as a stage or site of creative action has acquired its own special role in art history: think of Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose work stemmed directly from street culture, or Mark Jenkins irritating pedestrians with his subtle infiltration of human-like sculptures, or the participatory installations of Kader Attia. Each of the 30 artists contributing to this bilingual German-English volume has found ways to weave art strategies into the fabric of street culture. Street and Studio focuses on the street as a zone of creativity, and as a source of inspiration to young artists whose lives and art are marked by an urban and mobile lifestyle.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Dieter Buchhart, Glenn O'Brien, Jean-Louis Prat, Susanne Reichling.
The first African-American artist to attain art superstardom, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) created a huge oeuvre of drawings and paintings (Julian Schnabel recalls him once accidentally leaving a portfolio of about 2,000 drawings on a subway car) in the space of just eight years. Through his street roots in graffiti, Basquiat helped to establish new possibilities for figurative and expressionistic painting, breaking the white male stranglehold of Conceptual and Minimal art, and foreshadowing, among other tendencies, Germany's Junge Wilde movement. It was not only Basquiat's art but also the details of his biography that made his name legendary--his early years as "Samo" (his graffiti artist moniker), his friendships with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Madonna and his tragically early death from a heroin overdose. This superbly produced retrospective publication assesses Basquiat's luminous career with commentary by, among others, Glenn O'Brien, and 160 color reproductions of the work.
Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother and a Haitian father--an ethnic mix that meant young Jean-Michel was fluent in French, Spanish and English by the age of 11. In 1977, at the age of 17, Basquiat took up graffiti, inscribing the landscape of downtown Manhattan with his signature "Samo." In 1980 he was included in the landmark group exhibition The Times Square Show; the following year, at the age of 21, Basquiat became the youngest artist ever to be invited to Documenta. By 1982, Basquiat had befriended Andy Warhol, later collaborating with him; Basquiat was much affected by Warhol's death in 1987. He died of a heroin overdose on August 22, 1988, at the age of 27.
Published by Guggenheim Museum Publications. Text by Nancy Spector, Glenn O'Brien, Jack Bankowsky.
For 30 years now, the American artist Richard Prince has been considered one of the most forward-thinking and innovative artists in the world. In 1977, his deceptively simple act of re-photographing advertising images from The New York Times Magazine and presenting them as his own ushered in an entirely new, critical approach to making art--one that questioned notions of originality and the privileged status of the unique aesthetic object. Prince's technique involves appropriation, and he pilfers freely from the vast image bank of popular culture to create works that simultaneously embrace and critique a quintessentially American sensibility, with images stemming from the Marlboro Man, muscle cars, biker chicks, off-color jokes, gag cartoons and pulp fiction novels, among many other sources. Organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, this major traveling retrospective brings together Prince's photographs, paintings, sculptures and works on paper in the most comprehensive examination of his work to date. While previous examinations of Prince's work have emphasized its catalytic role in Postmodernist criticism, this volume also focuses on the work's iconography and how it registers prevalent themes in our social landscape, including a fascination with rebellion, an obsession with fame and a preoccupation with the tawdry and the illicit. Highlighting key examples from the all the major series of Prince's oeuvre, this fully illustrated volume also debuts works created specifically for the exhibition. It features a critical overview by the Guggenheim Museum's Nancy Spector and an essay by Artforum Editor-at-Large Jack Bankowsky, which discusses Prince's environmental installations, including the Spiritual America Gallery, his First House and Second House, and his Library in Upstate New York. In addition, cultural commentator Glenn O'Brien contributes a series of interviews with popular culture initiators like Annie Proulx, Phyllis Diller, John Waters, Michael Ovitz, Kim Gordon and Robert Mankoff, among many others, providing a composite portrait of Prince's themes alongside an insider's view of the formation of mass-cultural taste.
Published by Charta. Introduction by Jeffrey Deitch. Interviews with Fred "Fab 5 Freddy" Brathwaite, Arto Lindsay, Annina Nosei, Diego Cortez, Glenn O'Brien, Text by Suzanne Mallouk, Gerard Basquiat, Michael Holman. Chronology by Franklin Sirmans.
In 1981 Jean-Michel Basquiat made the momentous transition from the street to the studio. He had attracted considerable attention with his Times Square Show the summer before, and reinforced that nascent notoriety with a wall of phenomenal works in Diego Cortez's New York/New Wave at P.S. 1, which opened the following winter. A few months later, the dealer Annina Nosei offered Basquiat an independent space in which to prepare work for her September group show, Public Address. He was only 20. Between the world of spray-painted poetry and what critic Peter Schjeldahl called "New York big-painting aesthetics" lies a fantastic coming-of-age: Jean-Michel Basquiat: 1981: The Studio of the Street includes paintings and drawings on everything from note cards to sheet metal to a leather jacket and conventional canvas. In them, as throughout his career, Basquiat married an exuberant spontaneity and art-brut sensibility with a firm command of not only art materials but art history. He would go on to define the 80s Neo-Expressionist idiom, and to remain its most compelling representative. The Studio of the Street examines this charged point of contact in works that show the artist's progression from text to text-and-image, from found materials to traditional canvasses, and from pure drawing to his uniquely evocative hybrid of drawing and painting.
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 9.5 x 12 in. / 248 pgs / 146 color / 14 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 2/1/2007 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 117
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9788881586257TRADE List Price: $70.00 CDN $85.00
Published by Parkett. Edited by Cay Sophie Rabinowitz. Text by Mark Godfrey, Glenn O'Brien, Katy Siegel, Paul Bonaventura, Andrea Scott, Pamela Lee.
Volume 79 of the influential international art journal Parkett features Jon Kessler, Marilyn Minter and Albert Oehlen. In the tinkered gadgetry of Kessler's retro sci-fi installations, we peek through surveillance cameras to see our own image among his analog programs crammed with detritus of all kinds. Kessler's vista of (d)evolved cyberstuff is in a manic state of accumulation, as this data-diving artist masters the ecology of pure information. Within Marilyn Minter's fetishistic, flawless pictures, we find a painter obsessed with the clear articulation of magnified sweat beads and pore-smeared glitter. In each successive lip-smacking painting, Minter sets out to perfect beauty's disguise, affirming both her pleasure in fashion imagery, and an appreciation of its vulgar mishaps--say, a drag queen's eyelashes clumped together with too much mascara. According to essayist John Kelsey, Albert Oehlen's collage-paintings "seem almost bored of their own shock-value." And yet this artist, one of the most significant German painters of the past 20 years, can make boredom look like a rigorous, if not delirious experiment. Also featured: Spencer Finch, Gelitin and Mark Wallinger, as well as essayists Paul Bonaventura, Mark Godfrey, Glenn O'Brien, Katy Siegel, Andrea Scott and Pamela Lee, to name a few.
Published by Greybull Press. Introduction by Glenn O'Brien.
Grown men dressed in fezzes, driving mini-cars, and masquerading as clowns. You hear the word "Shriner" and immediately think of Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone attending a meeting at the Water Buffalo Lodge. On the heels of her book Rodeo Girl, photographer Lisa Eisner has once again turned her camera to a subculture that favors rhinestone-encrusted hats. Coincidence? Probably not. Eisner's grandfather was a Shriner, and, as a child, she used to imagine him going off to secret meetings replete with secret handshakes and secret passwords. She has spent the past five years researching and photographing every aspect of Shriner life--their homes, meetings, parades, football games, conventions, and charitable works.
So, what is a Shriner? Legend has it that in 1872, a group of Masons who were inclined to lunch together at the Knickerbocker Cottage in New York City formed the fraternal order known as the Shriners as a fellowship for Masons who had completed certain requirements. In their heyday in the 1940s-1960s, there were a million Shriners in the United States, including John Wayne, Red Skelton, Gene Autry, Harold Lloyd, and Franklin Roosevelt. Today this slice of Americana is in danger of extinction. Eisner's vivid photographs offer intimate access into a world we won't soon forget.
PUBLISHER Greybull Press
BOOK FORMAT Clothbound, 9.5 x 11 in. / 168 pgs / 137 color / 25 duotone.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 11/2/2004 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2004
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780972778831TRADE List Price: $55.00 CDN $65.00
Either the world's most visual literary magazine or the world's most literary visual magazine, Bald Ego continues its pursuit of syncretic splendor with a lustrous lineup for issue three. Jack Spade transformed the cover into a readymade. Inside, Elias Khoury, Philip Taaffe, John Lurie, Gary Indiana, Sam Matamoros, Mcdermott & McGough, Sante d'Orazio, Tom Sachs, Keith Sonnier, Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, Fred Tomaselli, James Salter and many more. It's the definitive arts and literature magazine for the (undefined).
PUBLISHER Bald Ego Publishing
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 200 pgs / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 8/2/2004 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2004
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781564661203TRADE List Price: $15.00 CDN $17.50
Published by Bald Ego Publishing. Edited by Glenn O'Brien and Max Blagg.
This second issue of Bald Ego unloads fresh food for thought onto the periodical table with a fertile editorial mix of the raw and the cooked, pure and impure, sacred and profane, unvarnished truth and shiny fiction--not to mention edible metaphors. Co-editors Max Blagg and Glenn O'Brien have once again assembled a potent catalogue of talented artists and writers to create a document that clearly reflects some of the anxieties and ecstasies of our age--perhaps in the hope that the balance will once again shift to the side of ecstasy. Contributors to this issue include Larry Clark, Lynne Tillman, Andre Martelor, Mary Gaitskill, Burk Uzzle, Richard Hell, Nick Tosches, Sean Mortensen, Cecily Brown, Justen Ladda, and many others, each responding in their own singular fashion to the beauty and madness of the twenty-first century.
PUBLISHER Bald Ego Publishing
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 220 pgs / 60 color / 40 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 1/2/2004 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2004
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781564661142TRADE List Price: $15.00 CDN $17.50
Published by Greybull Press. Edited by Steven Bluttal. Foreword by Diane Keaton. Introduction by Tom Ford.
Now in Paperback Voyeur. Bandit. Hound. Ron Galella has been called every name in the book. In 1955, fresh out of the United States Air Force, he became a paparazzo--and redefined the genre. From his notoriously obsessive treatment of Jackie Onassis and the subsequent legal battles associated with it, to his alarmingly beautiful photographs of celebrities in the 60s and 70s, Galella has always been in a category of his own. Possessed of a unique talent to catch stars at moments when they seemed most alive, most human, most stylish, Galella was able to do something no other celebrity watcher was able to do: become a star himself. Featuring images of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Cher, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Ali McGraw, Farrah Fawcett, Robert Redford, Raquel Welch, Mick Jagger and many, many more of the rich, famous and hounded.
PUBLISHER Greybull Press
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.5 x 13 in. / 258 pgs / 16 color / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/2/2003 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2003
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780972778817TRADE List Price: $39.95 CDN $50.00
Published by Guggenheim Museum Publications. Edited by John G. Hanhardt. Essays by John G. Hanhardt, Maria-Christina Villase“or and Glenn O'Brien.
Using foam core, hot glue, plywood, steel, scavenged street lumber, asphalt, a radar gun, liquor, turntables and LPs, Tom Sachs has built a 4,000-square-foot installation that links the idealistic modernism of Le Corbusier with the commercialized modernism of McDonald's. Remote-control cars and their racetrack form the connective tissue that binds the disparate parts of Nutsy's together, from the ghetto and Modernist art park to the bong-hit station and piss station. Representing the culmination of Tom Sachs's studio activity over the past two years, Nutsy's was originally inspired by Le Corbusier's 1952 Unit d'Habitation housing block--a massive 12-story structure which has come to symbolize both the integrity of modernism as well as its subsequent corruption. In thinking about modernism's ideals, Sachs--ever the bricoleur--was driven to explore its other side. Modernism and bricolage act as a kind of foil for each other in Nutsy's, with the resourcefulness of bricolage standing in contrast to the grandiosity of Modernism.
Published by Greybull Press. Edited by Steven Bluttal. Foreword by Diane Keaton. Introduction by Tom Ford. Interview by Glenn O'Brien.
Voyeur, bandit, hound: Ron Galella has been called every name in the book. In 1955, fresh out of the United States Air Force, he became a paparazzo--and redefined the genre. From his notoriously obsessive treatment of Jackie Onassis and the subsequent legal battles associated with it, to his alarmingly beautiful photographs of celebrities in the 60s and 70s, Galella has always been in a category of his own. Possessed of a unique talent to catch stars at moments when they seemed most alive, most human, most stylish, Galella was able to do something no other celebrity watcher was able to do: become a star himself.
PUBLISHER Greybull Press
BOOK FORMAT Hardcover, 10 x 14 in. / 248 pgs / 16 color / 180 duotone
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 4/2/2002 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2002
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780967236667TRADE List Price: $75.00 CDN $90.00
Published by Bald Ego Publishing. Edited by Max Blagg and Glenn O'Brien.
Bald Ego is a completely original and unusual, and very high-flying magazine of new art and writing. Presenting work that is atypical of what the contributor is known for, Bald Ego dares to be funny, and to mix up people not usually found in such close proximity. Where else might you find photographs by Jessica Craig-Martin, Christopher Wool, Roxanne Lowit and Donald Sultan next to short stories by James Purdy and Patrick McGrath; or poetry by Max Blagg, Deborah Harry, Glenn O'Brien and René Ricard alongside illustrated texts by Douglas Coupland, Gary Indiana, Richard Prince and Tom Sachs; or drawings by Donald Baecheler and Alex Katz kitty corner to a rant by John Torreano and a book excerpt from Michael Bronstein's World on Fire? Only in Bald Ego, shamelessly going where no periodical has gone before.
PUBLISHER Bald Ego Publishing
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 200 pgs / 40 color / 16 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/2/2002 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2002
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781564660947TRADE List Price: $15.00 CDN $17.50
Published by Ideal World Books. Photographs by Arne Svenson. Edited by Ron Warren. With contributions by Simon Doonan, Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman, Peter Getty, Penn Jillette, M. Raven Metzner, Isaac Mizrahi, Glenn O'Brien, Dale Peck, Ingrid Schaffner.
In 1985 Ron Warren began collecting sock monkeys--those icons of American thrift and inventiveness that for generations have been hand-stitched from a pair of red-heel work socks. Years later he met photographer Arne Svenson (author of the recent popular volume Chewed) who, intrigued by the obsessive nature and growing size of the collection, began with equal obsession to document individually its more than 1,800 examples. To convey the distinct personality imbued in each monkey by its maker, Svenson photographs them in the manner of classical black-and-white portraiture: flatteringly lit, cropped at the shoulders, eyes to the camera. The first 200 of these sock monkey portraits, reproduced larger than life as full-page duotones, are assembled in this book. Invited contributors, including novelists Jonathan Safran Foer, Neil Gaiman and Dale Peck; entertainers Penn & Teller; and fashion commentators Simon Doonan and Isaac Mizrahi, have interjected short stories inspired by the subject of their favorite sock monkey photograph. The result is an engaging, humorous and at times disturbing reanimation of creatures long relegated to the attic or the back of the closet.
BOOK FORMAT Flexibound, 8 x 10 in. / 224 pgs / 2 color / illustrated throughout.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 12/2/2002 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2003 p. 51
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780972211123TRADE List Price: $24.95 CDN $33.95 GBP £22.00
Published by Greybull Press. Artwork by Richard Prince. Contributions by Glenn O'Brien.
Old friends and veterans of Manhattan's late 70s downtown scene, writer and editor Glenn O'Brien and artist and collector Richard Prince share a love of the surface flotsam of American life--"we are both PhDs in American shtick," as O'Brien puts it. This beautifully bound, slip-cased volume marks their first collaboration, setting O'Brien's sparse verse alongside Prince's equally reduced black blobs in a mutual vocabulary of simplicity and humor of gesture.
PUBLISHER Greybull Press
BOOK FORMAT Slipcased, 7 x 9.5 in. / 128 pgs / 40 silkscreened bw images.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/2/2001 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2001
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780967236636SDNR30 List Price: $75.00 CDN $90.00