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Posted December 18, 2010
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 HarpWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.