Photographs by Jack Pierson. Introduction by Jack Pierson. Text by Enrique Juncosa, Wayne Koestenbaum, Rachael Thomas, Richard D. Marshall.
Charta/Irish Museum of Modern Art,
436 pp., 384 color and 21 black & white illustrations., 6¾x9½".
This publication-at once a daybook, a survey (it accompanies the artist's first exhibition in Ireland) and an artist's book-collects eight previous publications on the American artist Jack Pierson, several of which are long out of print. Pierson was among the first photographers to print pages with the imagery bleeding out of its usual white frame, and to deploy a bleached-out and overexposed style of photography that connotes a longing for a recent but already dimming past, littered with the props and players of yesterday's parties. By small increments, an emotional tone builds that is both warmly homoerotic and unabashedly wistful. All of these books were designed by the artist and are here reproduced in their original size and in chronological order.
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