Viennese artist Moussa Kone (born 1978) creates detailed, Gorey-esque, mostly black-and-white ink drawings that are often darkly humorous and socially critical. This delightful artist's book follows the form of an abecedary, filled with gory but humorous cautionary tales for aspiring artists in the contemporary art world: "W is for Wally for sold her soul to a collector, X is for Xaver whose widow became his estate's director." Each entry is tabbed, address-book style. This pocket-sized volume is the ideal gift for those daring to pursue a career in art.
Published by Kerber. Edited by Andreas Schett, Moussa Kone. Text by Christa Benzer, Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer, Kurt Kladler, Fiona Liewehr, Oona Lochner, Karin Pernegger, Ursula Maria Probst, Nina Schedlmayer, Monika Schwärzler, Ulli Seegers, Erwin Uhrmann, Rolf Wienkötter.
Dense, meticulous cross-hatching covers the surfaces of Moussa Kone’s detailed ink drawings, which depict surreal, allegorical scenes of human folly and bizarre plights. Images of megalomania, herd behavior and violence sit alongside more poetical drawing cycles of dancers and faceless juries massed around a corpse. This volume comprehensively appraises his work.