Norfolk, VA: The Chrysler Museum, 1982. 1st Edition. Slim quarto, publisher's stapled red and blue glossy paper wraps, translucent vellum endpapers.
Exhibition catalog for a landmark group show of 1980s post-pop artists at Norfolk, Virginia's Chrysler Museum (October 22 - December 12, 1982), featuring early showings of works by then-emerging artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Ahearn, Keith Haring, David Salle and Julian Schnabel, among others. The show's project, like many of the energetic, innovative group shows then taking place (the Times Square Show, the Mudd Club shows, the New York/New Wave Show at P.S. 1), was to point a way forward, out of the arid ruins of Postmodernism. In their preface, "An Unresolved Anthology / A Counterfeit Discourse," which reads as an assemblage of musings on the contemporary art landscape and extracts from the work of a variety of writers, critics and avant-garde theorists, Chrysler curators Brooks Johnson and Thomas W. Styron write: "Why have these artists been chosen? Some reasons are: Because their work reflects a world suspended in its own self-consciousness, its own narcissism. Because their works seems to be true, and unashamedly so. Because they appear to be aiming not at resolution but at transcendence. Because these artists, like their time, are among the most emphatically – decisively – vague." Other artists include Duane Michals, Judy Rifka, William Wegman, Kim MacConnel, Izhar Patkin, Gerald Incandela and Suicide singer Alan Vega. Illustrated with 31 color and black-and-white plates; with a checklist of works. Owner ink signature to verso of upper wrap. Some creasing and scuffing to wraps. Near fine. Item #2234