Cover image for Unframed : artists respond to AIDS : a chronicle of the art sales benefiting the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), 1993-2002
Unframed : artists respond to AIDS : a chronicle of the art sales benefiting the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), 1993-2002
Forde, J. A.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : PowerHouse Books, 2002.
Physical Description:
142 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 x 31 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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N72.A34 U54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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20 years into the AIDS epidemic the art world continues to be disproportionately affected by the upheaval caused by this disease. This collection not only showcases the works of over 100 master contemporary artists, but also stands as a dramatic testament to the generosity of artists at the turn of the millennium. For the past decade, these artists have donated their works to Unframed, raising over a million dollars and contributing to the approval of seven new AIDS treatments. All proceeds from the book will benefit ACRIA research. 400 full-colour images.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

With $1.5 million in funds generated by its "Unframed" program of art sales, New York's nonprofit ACRIA has worked to test and refine 40 AIDS treatments, seven of which have been approved by the FDA. This book documents work donated to the program by more than 100 contemporary artists over the last decade-and the results hold up very well as an anthology of recent American art, much of it socio-sexually charged. Arriving in a light-brown 10" 121/2" cloth binding with 3" 5" tip-on illustration by Ross Bleckner, the book feels as sleek, elegant and understated as the art inside is engaged, provocative and beautiful. Much of the art obliquely reflects the book's subject: Kenny Scharf's whimsical set of phallic microphone-like protuberances in acrylic feature oddly incredulous grimaces on their "heads" that perfectly invoke the innocence (and perhaps post-coital sheepishness) of sex. Lisa Yuskavage's etching Weeds shows a nude young girl protected by a thin bank of flowers and looking upward through flopping tresses-somehow she doesn't look quite safe. Jennifer Bartlett's simple color block gouaches invoke the pathos of home with just a few domestic shapes, while photos by Nan Goldin, Lauren Greenfield, Spencer Tunick (a mass nude "die-in") and Bruce Weber all show life at differing levels of comfort and emotional foreboding. Julian Schnabel, Doug and Mike Starn, Cindy Sherman, Vik Muniz, Jenny Holzer and many others fill out the 260 crisp four-color reproductions, and the work is uniformly quite good. The art direction is by Terry Morgan, who has produced books and catalogues on James Rosenquist and Sophie Calle and collaborated with Matthew Barney on the latter's Cremaster books. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

While the arts community has taken a larger than proportional hit since the early days of the AIDS crisis, members of that group have also been extraordinarily responsive in supporting people with AIDS and the various charities that have grown up to help them. Perhaps there is no better sustained example of this generosity than the 16 art sales held since 1993 to benefit ACRIA. More than 110 artists-from Ross Bleckner and Julian Schnabel to Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith-have contributed work, generally original pieces rather than runs of a print. With prices ranging from $100 to several thousand dollars, these works have netted ACRIA well in excess of $1 million. This book brings together all the works in beautiful, sharp reproductions; where multiple original pieces were given, three or four examples are reproduced. Short introductions describe each of the sales and the works they presented. The book is valuable as a chronicle of this unique series of events but also as a record of smaller pieces produced by many of today's most successful artists. Recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.-Eric Bryant, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.