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Trade Paperback New This long-overdue volume highlights a selection of writings and artists' projects from Real Life magazine, a seminal 1980s periodical edited by the artist, ... writer and curator Thomas Lawson and writer Susan Morgan. Published in 23 intermittent black-and-white issues from 1979-1994, Real Life was devoted to providing an outlet for a circle of artists who did not feel properly represented in the mainstream art world at the time--many of whom are now grouped with the Pictures and Post-Pictures artists. The anthology features both artists and art historians writing on art, media and popular culture--oftentimes infusing a new kind of humor into their cultural critiques--as well as original pictorial contributions. It includes writings by and about Eric Bogosian, Kim Gordon, Dan Graham, Barbara Kruger, Thomas Lawson, Allan McCollum, John Miller, Matt Mullican, Richard Prince, David Robbins, Michael Smith, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Wall and Lawrence Weiner, to name a few, as well as visual projects by Read more Show Less

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Overview

Real Life Magazine Selected Writings and Projects collects significant early writings by prominent artists and writers of the Eighties. Published as 23 issues from 1979-1994, Real Life Magazine documented the art, influences, and preoccupations of a loose clique of artworld figures of the Eighties. The magazine was edited by artist, writer, and curator, Thomas Lawson, and writer, Susan Morgan, who invited their peers to contribute material that was ignored by established art magazines of the time. This anthology brings together some of the notable and diverse contributions by artists interpreting the art of their own time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978869700
  • Publisher: Primary Information
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents


Thomas Lawson and Susan Morgan: Various Histories of Real Life Magazine     ix
Matthew Higgs: Real Life     xiv
Susan Morgan: an interview with Robert Moskowitz, 1979     20
Valentin Tatransky: Collage And The Problem Of Representation: Sherrie Levine's new work, 1979     24
Grahame Shane: Crime as Function, 1979     26
Susan Morgan: an interview with Steve Gianakos, 1979     28
Barbara Kruger: Game Show, 1979     31
James Welling: Untitled, 1979     32
Thomas Lawson: Every Picture Tells A Story Don't It?, 1979     34
Thomas Lawson: Fashion Moda, 1980     37
Richard Prince: Primary Transfers, 1980     40
Dan Graham: The Destroyed Room of Jeff Wall, 1980     42
Kim Gordon: Trash Drugs And Male Bonding, 1980     46
Thomas Lawson: Going Places, 1980     48
Susan Morgan: Michael Hurson, 1980     52
Barbara Kruger: Devils With Red Dresses On, 1980     56
Thomas Lawson: Long Distance Information, 1980     58
Joseph Bishop: Desperate Character, 1980     62
Richard Prince: Menthol Pictures, 1980     65
Laurie Simmons: Sam and Dottie Dance, 1980     68
Jim Bradley: Radical Genitalia, 1980     70
Allan McCollum: MattMullican's World, 1980     74
Michael Smith: Mike In...What Should I Do About The Car?, 1980     84
Sherrie Levine: Two Photographs After Walker Evans, 1980     86
Kim Gordon: Honeymoon Habit, 1980     88
Post-modernism: asymposium, 1981     89
Dan Graham: Bowwowwow (the Age of Piracy), 1981     96
Howard Singerman: The Artist as Adolescent, 1981     99
Elsa Bulgari: Your Everyday Critic, 1981     105
Thomas Lawson: Too Good to be True, 1981     106
Jenny Bolande: Elk Grazed as if Nothing Had Happened, 1981     112
David Robbins: Notes toward film, 1981     113
Eric Bogosian: Fascination, 1981     115
Fulton Ryder: Pissing on Ice, 1981     118
Joan Wallace and Geralyn Donohue: Edit deAk, 1982     120
Rex Reason: Democratism, 1982     123
The Holy Ghost Writers: Condensation and Dish-Placement, 1982-3     132
Howard Singerman: Paragraphs toward an essay entitled 'Restoration Comedies', 1982-3     137
John Roberts: Ruins in the Realm of Thought, 1983     140
Paul McMahon: From The Permanent Collection, 1983     146
Jo Baer and Bruce Robbins: Beyond the Pale, 1983     150
Kathi Norklun: Courage, 1983     152
Tim Rollins: Particles, 1980-1983, 1983-4     156
Doug Ashford: Kiss of Death, 1983-4     157
Thomas Lawson: Komar & Melamid, 1983-4     158
Robin Winters: The Secret Agent: an interview with Jacki Ochs, 1983-4     161
Robert C. Morgan: a conversation with Lawrence Weiner, 1983-4     164
Judith Kirshner: A Blinding Light, 1983-4     168
Rex Reason: Brie Popcorn: an interview with the directors of Nature Morte Gallery, 1983-4     171
John Miller: Morality and the Poetic, 1984     175
Susan Morgan: Portraits of the Artists/Composite Drawings, 1984     178
B.P. Gutfreund: Four Photographs, 1984     182
Susan Morgan: Each and Every One of You, 1985     184
Mark Dion: Tales From The Dark Side, 1985     190
Jeff Wall: Dan Graham's Kammerspiel Parts I and II, 1985     194
Jana Sterbak: Premeditated: an interview with Ed Ruscha, 1985     218
Walter Robinson: The Quest For Failure, 1985-6     222
Derek Boshier: John Dugger, 1985-6     226
John A. Walker: Unholy Alliance: Chairman Mao, Andy Warhol, and the Saatchis, 1985-6     231
Kellie Jones: David Hammons, 1986     236
John Miller: Swiss Family Robbins, 1986     244
Adrian Piper: An Open Letter to Donald Kuspit, 1987-8      246
Susan Morgan: when X does not equal Y, 1987-8     256
Thomas Lawson: Critical Art Ensemble, 1988-9     258
Christine N. Lea: Beyond Belief, 1988-9     266
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Untitled 1988: Detail of a Sculpture (Endless Copies), 1988-9     272
Thomas Lawson: No Bull, 1990     274
Allan McCollum: Photo from TV (with Paintings), 1990     275
Dara Birnbaum: The Wondering Of Context, 1990     276
James Welling: Corridors, 1989, 1990     278
Michael Smith and R. Sikoryak: Mike, 1990     280
Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Untitled, 1990     282
Judith Barry: Drive-In or Walk-In Museum, 1990     283
Group Material: AIDS Timeline, 1990     286
David Robbins: Three Cancelled TV Families, 1990     288
Louise Lawler: Untitled 1988, 1990     290
Susan Morgan: Carlos Gutierrez-Solana, 1994     292
Josef Strau and Stephan Dillemuth: Friesenwall 120, 1994     296
David A. Muller: Three Day Weekend, 1994     302
Spencer Finch: Amnesia And Saying Nothing, 1994     310
Editor's Notes     313
Index     314
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