Cover image for Emotions & relations : Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Mark Morrisroe, Jack Pierson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Emotions & relations : Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Mark Morrisroe, Jack Pierson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Gundlach, F. C.
Publication Information:
Köln : Taschen, [1998]

Physical Description:
200 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
General Note:
"Published on the occasion of the exhibition ... Hamburger Kunsthalle, 27.3-1.6.1998"--T.p. verso.
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TR646.G42 H3317 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Uniting the five leading lights of the Boston School of American photography, this is a showcase for some of the most striking and compelling imagery on the contemporary scene. Drawing on a similar range of influences -- fashion's studied glamour, Larry Clark's haunting lowlife, and the casual beauty of the snapshot -- all five contributors realise their visions in contrasting and highly idiosyncratic ways. Nan Goldin is famous for her sexually polymorphous subjects, the way she transforms her models into Warholesque ""superstars"", and her keen sense of irony and humour. Intimate Goldin associate David Armstrong works with stark black and white portraits of confession and loss. Mark Morrisroe is the tragic figure of the group, who died of AIDS age 30, a dark romantic whose work combined narcissism and explicit poetry. Jack Pierson is an impressionist, for him the photograph is a postcard sent from a ""pure moment"". Working through an obsession with television imagery, Philip-Lorca DiCorcia stages and composes his models into images of mediated desire. This is the photography of a generation raised on television and chemicals, a stunning documentation of friendship, lust and love at the end of the millennium.

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Library Journal Review

These three inexpensive volumes present the work of some of today's most interesting and accessible art photographers. Emotions & Relations collects the work of five relatively established photographers who first came to know each other while in art school and the 1970s and have since sometimes been grouped as the "Boston School." While most members share similar content (their friends and acquaintances as subjects) and technique (lush, painterly uses of color), each demonstrates a clear individual style. This catalog to an exhibition at the Hamburger Kunsthalle makes a fine case for both their grouping and their specific talents, offering two short essays on the show and the "school" and introductions to each artist preceding the separate portfolios. While all five‘Nan Goldin, David Armstong, Mark Morrisroe, Jack Pierson, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia‘have published monographs, this volume offers new insights for substantial art libraries and a concise and beautiful compendium for small and medium public libraries. The German Tillmans and Japanese Mori are younger but still have impressive museum credentials under their belts. Mori's book accompanies a show traveling from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh and Chicago. Her stylized photos, using herself as subject in a variety of over-the-top costumes, at first simply entertain and make the viewer happy. But her juxtapositions of contemporary urban life and surreal fantasy also impart more disturbing thoughts. Tillmans's book, his fourth, is the most comprehensive collection of his work and finally captures the full variety of styles‘from diaristic snapshots to painterly still lifes to off-the-wall fashion spreads. What unifies all this is an ability to see the ordinary and be astonished. Emotions & Relations belongs in nearly all libraries; Tillmans is a fine choice for medium and large public institutions; Mori will be at home in larger public and academic art collections.‘Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.