Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Matthias Ulrich. Text by Max Hollein, Gabi Langen.
Born in Poland, Aleksandra Mir has resided in Palermo for the past several years. For her 2008 project "Triumph," Mir collected, cleaned and archived more than 2,500 trophies, which are catalogued here. Each has been individualized with an engraving telling its specific story.
Psycho cops, gay riots, stock market implosions, heroic acts, serial killers, Rudy, Ronald, Osama and The Donald all feature heavily in this pitch-perfect, oversized collection of the large-scale, black-and-white Sharpie drawings created by the noted international conceptualist Aleksandra Mir (and a rotating cast of assistants) live, daily, at New York's Mary Boone Gallery in the fall of 2007. For the critically acclaimed show, Mir and her crew reproduced, by hand, more than 200 of the most outrageous front covers to have graced New York's top tabloids, The New York Post and the Daily News, from 1986 to 2000. The New York Times' Roberta Smith praised the work's "goofy, graffiti energy," noting, "The works at Boone redo the news, reminding us how soon we forget and exaggerating the ephemeral beauty--or at least boldness--of a genre of graphic design and language that we consume and discard on a daily basis."
PUBLISHER Mary Boone Gallery
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 11 x 14 in. / 256 pgs / 414 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 7/1/2008 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2008 p. 94
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9780980171501TRADE List Price: $65.00 CDN $75.00
This artist's book covers a single, hypnotic project by one of this decade's most interesting players, Alekandra Mir, whose work has recently been seen in solo projects with P.S. 1, The Wrong Gallery and Gavin Brown's Enterprise in New York and the ICA Philadelphia to name but a few. As explained in The Believer in 2004, "It's a tragically regressive time we live in. We just grounded the Concorde. Where's the future? We've lost the future…I'm very jealous of an era when people were inventing something as beautiful as the Concorde and thinking, 'That's the next step.' The future isn't as optimistic as it once was, so people don't aestheticize it like they once did. It's not looked at so sanitarily, so neat and clean."
PUBLISHER Onestar Press/Galerie Laurent Godin
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 9.5 x 11.75 in. / 112 pgs / 92 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2007 Out of print
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 154
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9782915359206TRADE List Price: $39.95 CDN $50.00