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This first monograph on the street artist Swoon is a crash course on the incredible range of her diverse artistic practices. Filled with brilliant color photographs, the book brings reader to streets around the world to see her life-size prints and paper cutouts that transform as natural elements slowly erode and destroy them. It travels across the waters to include striking images from her most recent projects, Swimming Cities, which show a team of craftsmen and collaborators scavenging junk to create makeshift ...
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Overview

This first monograph on the street artist Swoon is a crash course on the incredible range of her diverse artistic practices. Filled with brilliant color photographs, the book brings reader to streets around the world to see her life-size prints and paper cutouts that transform as natural elements slowly erode and destroy them. It travels across the waters to include striking images from her most recent projects, Swimming Cities, which show a team of craftsmen and collaborators scavenging junk to create makeshift steamships that are part floating artwork, part performance, and part experiments in communal living. And it brings readers inside her art collective, Toyshop, which orchestrates organic public theater that includes everything from street parties to public demonstrations. Woven together seamlessly, and accompanied by essays from fellow artists and famed gallery owner Jeffrey Deitch, this book showcases the work of one of the art world’s brightest stars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810984851
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/7/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 445,270
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SWOON has been creating street art in New York City since 1999. She studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and has traveled internationally to create exhibits and host workshops. Her work can be seen at the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Tate Modern, or on the streets of Brooklyn.

Jeffrey Deitch is the owner of Deitch Projects in Manhattan.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

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    Making Permanent the Impermanent Art of SWOON

    SWOON is the nom de plume of Caledonia "Callie" Dance Curry, a out in the open 'street artist' from New York City who has made her mark on the art world by creating life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of family and friends going about the very ordinary aspect of daily life, superimposed on her own bizarre yet realistic renderings of bridges, fire escapes, sidewalks. Her works are not created to last: they weather rain and snow and wind and graffiti and the changes that these elements create sometimes enhance the original work. She has created altars, decorated ships, public theater - her influence is ubiquitous in New York and in gallery and building settings and in Berlin and other parts of the world, much to the favor she finds in the hands of Jeffrey Deitch. This monograph is generous in the number of images created by Swoon and given the fact that her art is by nature temporary, the book saves much of her work for posterity. There are essays accompanying the works - describing her Swimming Cities and Toyshop projects - and while these essays are not always particularly well written they do add flavor that enhances the imagery. The curator of this book is MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch, an important art figure who is currently facing the cloud of censorship for his act of covering a mural placed outside the Los Angeles MOCA facility. This controversy makes reading about Swoon and Deitch's promotion of her while in Deitch Projects in Brooklyn all the more timely! Grady Harp

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