New York: Tanam Press, 1985. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's orange photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps lettered in gray.
Anthology of fiction and other prose pieces by some of the leading artists and writers of the downtown scene of the 1980s, compiled by appropriationist artist Richard Prince. An amalgam of the punk, No Wave, neo-Expressionist sensibilities that were exploding in New York's East Village art world amidst the Reaganite capture of the country's political and economic life, the anthology stands as the closest thing to an artistic and literary manifesto of the times. A promotional postcard for the book (not present) described it as follows: "Wild History is kind of like an 'official' fiction. The History is a record of events and an attempt to understand them; the Wild is playing the record backwards." Among the roster of contributors are writer and filmmaker Tina Lhotsky, writer and performance artist Constance DeJong, critic and "Style Guy" Glenn O'Brien, novelists Kathy Acker, Lynne Tillman, and Gary Indiana, designer and music producer Sylvia Reed, actress and writer Cookie Mueller, and Prince himself. Publisher Tanam Press was a project of sound artist Reese Williams (who also contributes a piece), dedicated to books and recordings by contemporary artists, and was active 1979-1986. Rubbing to joints, creasing to spine, some chipping and edgewear to wraps. A very good copy of a fragile, scarce and seminal collection. Item #2233