Mike and Doug Starn. 1985-1990. Works by Mike and Doug Starn. Text by Andy Grundberg. Introduction by Robert Rosenblum. The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, 1990. First Edition. Inscribed "To Louisa, [illegible] Mike Starn". Wrappers. Squarish Quarto, 144pp., numerous duotone and color illustrations, including two-foldouts.
This volume reproduces many pieces by this twin-brother collaborative team. Documentary photographs, also made by the Starns, show works in progress in their studio. These artists combine a spirit of avant-garde experimentalism with a classic sense of beauty to address such universal topics as human nature and mortality. Befitting their identities as twins, duality is an oft-repeated theme. They frequently appropriate works by such artists as DaVinci, Copley, and Picasso. Such wide-ranging thematic and formal concerns have made Mike and Doug Starns a dynamic force in art today. In his accompanying essay, Andy Grundberg discusses their beginnings in photography and their innovations in the medium, as well as providing a thoughtful assessment of their already rarified role in shaping contemporary art.