Jack Pierson

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Ordinary Pictures


Despite its apparent throwaway status, the stock image comprises the primary commodity of a billion-dollar global industry with far-reaching effects in the marketplace and the public sphere. Taking this overlooked facet of contemporary life as a point of departure, “Ordinary Pictures” explores the photographic apparatuses and commercial interests that have given rise to our generic image culture through the conceptual image-based work of some 40 artists, including John Baldessari, Steven Baldi, Sarah Charlesworth, Anne Collier, Liz Deschenes, John Divola, Aleksandra Domanovi c, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Hollis Frampton, Jack Goldstein, Rachel Harrison, Robert Heinecken, Leslie Hewitt, Elad Lassry, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Steve McQueen, Jack Pierson, Peter Piller, Seth Price, Amanda Rossotto, Ed Ruscha, Steven Shore, Sturtevant, Mungo Thomson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tseng Kwong Chi, Julia Wachtel and Christopher Williams. Spanning generations, movements and artistic strategies from the 1960s to the present day, this publication brings together works by artists who have probed, mimicked and critiqued this aspect of our visual environment as well as its industrial modes of production and distribution. Through the work of these artists and a series of scholarly essays, the catalogue aims to examine different operations of the generic image in culture, namely its anonymous circulation and editorial uses, its adaptability and reproducibility, its technical processes of production, its claim to copyright and artistic license and its tendency toward abstraction. Featuring a unique, coil-bound design reminiscent of stock photo catalogues and a flexidisc recording by the artist Jack Goldstein, this highly collectible book ultimately reflects on contemporary art’s own complicit function as an expanding industrial image economy.

Edited by Eric Crosby, texts by Lane Relyea and Thomas Beard.

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Ordinary Pictures
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PURPLE 4
Winter 1999-2000


PURPLE magazine (“Fashion, Prose, Special, Fiction, Interior”) Number 4, Winter 1999-2000.

A rare copy of this early edition of Purple, edited by Elein Fleiss, this wonderful early issue that features work by: Mark Borthwick, Juergen Teller, Jutta Koether, Jack Pierson, Tobjorn Rodland, A.F. Vandervorst, Ann-Sofie Back, Takashi Homma, Anders Edstrom, Balenciaga, Hussein Chalayan, Susan Cianciolo, Comme des Garcons, Fabrics Interseason, Martin Margiela, Kim Gordon, Doug Aitken, Junya Watanabe, Hermés, Bernard Willhelm, Helmut Lang, Leah Singer, Louis Vuitton, Lewis Baltz, Liz Bougatsos, Bless, Experimental Jetset, Antek Walzcak, Harmony Korine, Mark Gonzales, Terry Richardson, Giasco Bertoli, and many many more….

In 1992 Olivier Zahm and his partner Elein Fleiss printed the first issue of Purple Prose, a Parisian literary art zine that over the years has evolved into Purple Fashion Magazine. Soon after the birth of Purple Prose, Zahm and Fleiss created spin-off publications like les cahiers purple, Purple Sexe, Purple Fiction, and of course, Purple Fashion. Zahm aimed at fusing together his two worlds, fashion and art, in creating Purple Fashion.

* Condition: Good (some creasing and shelf/handling wear to covers, otherwise clean and tightly bound copy)  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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PURPLE 4: Winter 1999-2000
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