Published by JRP|Editions. Edited by Gilles Gavillet. Text by Bob Nickas.
This new volume by cult photographer Ari Marcopoulos unveils a selection of more than 600 black-and-white and color photographs taken between 2009 and 2018, arranged chronologically. Spanning a decade, it offers a personal diary gathering together portraits of his family and friends, trees and graffiti, landscapes and urban scenes, allusions to contemporary American life (the Obama and Trump eras) and his own visual obsessions. His self-taught style brings his subjects in close and captures, without sentimentality or voyeurism, the intimate essence of their daily lives and the spontaneity of his interactions with cultural luminaries and his artistic milieu. Populated with idiosyncratic characters, each of Marcopoulos’ photographs is particular to a unique time and place, yet his images reach us through their expression of familiar themes. Like all great photographers, Marcopoulos has the ability to distill a riveting and timeless image from the flux of activity that surrounds us. This massive publication features an introduction by Marcopoulos as well as an essay by art critic and curator Bob Nickas. In his text, Nickas states: “Picture-making for him must be a necessity, an aspect of being alive, of holding on to people and places. This, of course, is an impossibility, though surely one of the key factors in its pursuit ... Ari Marcopoulos may only appear in a few of these pictures, but of course he is in every one of them.” Ari Marcopoulos (born 1957) came to New York from Amsterdam in 1979 and quickly became part of the downtown art scene that included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Robert Mapplethorpe. His previous books include Transitions and Exits (2000), Ad Rock (2007) and The Round Up (2014).
Photographer Ari Marcopoulos' newest publication takes an in-depth look into the studio process of American artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney. Shot over four years, Fumes depicts the activity within Barney's Long Island City studio from 2011 to 2014. Marcopoulos documented the day-to-day activity in the workspace, from the digging of an Egyptian death chamber to the flooding during Hurricane Irene, to the ongoing preparation for Barney's 2014 film epic River of Fundament: "I got sucked into taking photographs of the people working on the various projects, more and more it felt almost like a performance." The publication is comprised of black-and-white and full-color spreads showing workers transporting, molding and fusing toxic materials, interwoven with an array of intricate pictorial montages, mirroring those of a negative. Marcopoulos captures the human figure at work, in motion, pursuing life in its most ordinary moments in order to create something extraordinary.
PUBLISHER Karma, New York
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 8 x 12 in. / 420 pgs / 400 color / 400 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 9/29/2015 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2015 p. 115
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9781942607014TRADE List Price: $50.00 CDN $67.50 GBP £45.00
Published by JRP|Ringier. Edited and with Text by Stephanie Cannizzo.
Born in Amsterdam in 1957, Ari Marcopoulos came to New York in 1979 and quickly became part of a downtown art scene that included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Robert Mapplethorpe. Since then, Marcopoulos has become recognized as a leading documentarian of contemporary culture, having chronicled the emerging hip hop scene, shot snowboarders in action and revealed the vicissitudes of his family life. Marcopoulos always appears to have forged a strong connection with the people he photographs, whether celebrated figures—from Andy Warhol to Kiki Smith, John Cage to LL Cool J—or more obscure personalities, so that he captures, without sentimentality or voyeurism, the intimate sensation of their daily lives. His images are particular to a time and place, but reach out to us via familiar themes such as family and the longing for adventure. The first retrospective on Marcopoulos, Within Arm's Reach collects work from three decades, and is supplemented with an essay by Stephanie Cannizzo.
Amsterdam-born photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos (1957) has become a familiar name to skaters and rockers, as well as to artists and international scenesters. Ad Rock is a concise portrait of Adam Horovitz from the Beastie Boys, filled with years of photographs of the musician at work, with his friends and at home. Following Marcopoulos' study of the internationally renowned snowboarder, Terje Haakonsen, it is the second in a series of portrait books that features subjects up close and unguarded, simply living their lives. Ari Marcopoulos has work in the current international traveling exhibition Beautiful Losers, and recently had solo exhibitions at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in California and P.S.1 in New York. His photographs are regularly featured in The New York Times Magazine.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 9 in. / 32 pgs / 32 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 10/1/2007 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: FALL 2007 p. 120
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783905714258TRADE List Price: $20.00 CDN $27.95
Amsterdam-born photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos has become a familiar name to skaters and rockers (Pass the Mic), as well as to artists and scenesters (Out and About). The Cat features his work in the world of snowboarding: it is a portrait of the Norwegian boarder Terje Haakonsen, filled with years of photographs not just of "the Cat" at work but of his life, his family, his friends, his home. Haakonsen (born in 1974) is widely considered one of the most influential snowboarders of all time. He was one of the sport's early icons, and was half-pipe world champion three years in a row not long after that contest was established. This is the first book of a series of Marcopoulos portraits of subjects in the context of their home lives.
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6.5 x 9 in. / 32 pgs / 32 bw.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2007 Out of stock indefinitely
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 127
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9783905714159TRADE List Price: $20.00 CDN $27.95
Published by Veenman Publishers. Edited by Angelique Spaninks. Text by Angelique Spaninks, Jeremy Sigler, Will Bradley.
Whether photographing his wife and two young sons, sometimes sleeping tenderly together in a sun-drenched bed, other times spacing out by the pool or in the car; the international snowboarding scene, from Japan to Iran; or his peers in the world of dissenting, outsider creativity (filmmaker Harmony Korine and his grandmother, well before the release of Kids; the late monologist, Spalding Gray, who died of suicidal drowning in 2004, eerily photographed floating underwater in 1987), Ari Marcopoulos brings us all the way to the inside of an insider's world. This tight collection of sexy documentary portraits bites off exactly as much as it wants to chew, and features original writing by Will Bradley, Jeremy Sigler and Angelique Spaninks.
PUBLISHER Veenman Publishers
BOOK FORMAT Paperback, 6 x 8 in. / 184 pgs / 60 color.
PUBLISHING STATUS Pub Date 3/1/2007 No longer our product
DISTRIBUTION D.A.P. Exclusive Catalog: SPRING 2007 p. 118
PRODUCT DETAILS ISBN 9789086900053TRADE List Price: $32.00 CDN $40.00
Published by JRP|Ringier. Photographs by Ari Marcopoulos.
Ari Marcopoulos is best known for documenting boyish subcultures from the inside out. His work on professional snowboarding appears in Transitions and Exits and his photos on hip-hop--five years of images of the Beastie Boys--in Pass the Mic. Aaron Rose, who showed Marcopoulos at Alleged Gallery, has said of the artist's uncanny connection with one set of subjects, a crowd of New York skateboarders ten years his junior, "There was just something in his personality that said, 'Hey man, it's cool.'" It shows. Marcopoulos's self-taught snapshot style brings his subjects in close, and captures, without sentimentality or voyeurism, the intimate feeling of their daily life. Here he focuses on the subculture that is his own family. Even the President of the United States Sometimes Has Got to Stand Naked is a journal-like collection of images of the accidents and pleasures of "normal" life, full of the artist's loved ones, of landscapes and of American social reality.
Ari Marcopoulos immerses himself completely in the personalities and scenes he has photographed, but more than that, he seems to always be anticipating the zeitgeist. As a result, he has become one of our chief documenters of contemporary culture, as it emerges. Whether he was hanging in the East Village in the 1980s at age 23 as Warhol's assistant (and snapping Basquiat at his most intimate), recording the burgeoning hip-hop scene of the late 1980s, riding along with multi-ethnic New York skateboard kids in the 1990s, or shooting snowboard schussers hurtling down a mountain (or chilling in the lodge) in recent years, Marcopoulos's pictures always penetrate the heart of the underground of the moment and its denizens. This volume is the first in a new, ambitious series called Alleged Press, a collaboration between Damiani and the renowned curator Aaron Rose.