Tokyo: Vacant Ltd., 2015. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, spine lettered in black, upper wrap embossed in black-and-white, original acetate dust wrapper and printed paperboard slipcase. WITH: a black-and-white photographic print.
Collection of black-and-white photos of saxophonist James Chance (aka James White), member/founder of such seminal No Wave bands as Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, and James White and the Blacks, all taken by manager and girlfriend Anya Phillips. A legendary presence in the downtown scene of the late 70s and early 80s, punk polymath Anya Phillips was a photographer, fashion designer, dominatrix, drug dealer, and sometimes actress. Phillips, whom Chance describes as "starting that whole New York scene," and to whom he dedicated his 1982 album Sax Maniac, tragically died at age 26 after a two-year battle with cancer. These candid and intimate photos of Chance were taken from the late 70s until her death in 1981. Along with revealing the private relationship between the punk power couple, these never-before published photos allow us to revisit the playful, gritty, avant-garde underground of downtown New York. (Phillips is predominantly known for her ties to Tribeca nightclub Mudd Club, which she co-founded with art critic Diego Cortez, who says of the duo in his closing essay, "Anya and James offered a vital precocity in resistance to the Soho art world’s settled intelligence"). Illustrated throughout with 30 portraits in black-and-white, including fold-outs. Published in collaboration with Chance by VACANT in 2015, a now closed art gallery in Tokyo, in a limited edition of 500 copies, of which this one is out of series. Accompanying this copy (and not called for by the publisher) is a black-and-white photographic print of Chance by Phillips, captioned in an unknown hand to the verso. Fine. Item #1879