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Mark Morrisroe (JRP|Ringier)

Publisher: Zürich (Zurich): JRP|Ringier, 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9783037641217
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 108495



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Photographically illustrated flexible paper-covered boards; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Mark Morrisroe. Text contributions (in English and German) by Fionn Meade, Elisabeth Lebovici, Linda Yablonsky, Stuart Comer, Beatrix Ruf, Lia Gangitano, Thomas Seelig, Frank Wagner and Teresa Gruber. Includes a biography, ephemera and correspondence and exhibition history. 512 pp., with 420 four-color plates. 10-3/8 x 8-1/4 inches.

Published on the occasion of an exhibition at Fotomuseum Winterthur.


New in publisher's shrink wrap (slit open for inspection).


From the publisher: "A luminous comet shooting across the late 70s constellation of photographers and artists that included Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Jack Pierson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Mark Morrisroe produced an incredibly rich and various body of work in the brief ten-plus years in which he was active. He survived a fraught childhood and teen years as a prostitute (he was once shot by a client) to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he made friendships with Goldin, Armstrong and others, performed in drag under the name Sweet Raspberry, cofounded the punk zine Dirt ('he sort of invented the Boston punk scene,' Jack Pierson later recalled) and eventually graduated from the school with honors.

Shortly after, Morrisroe moved to New York, acquired a Polaroid camera and began photographing. Most of his photographs are portraits--of hustlers, lovers, friends and of himself--or hand-painted photograms. Morrisroe is also famed for his X-ray self-portraits, which show the bullet lodged near his spine after his shooting. All of his output carries this reckless, go-for-broke character, and an edge of urgency and necessity. After his death (from AIDS-related illnesses), more than 2,000 Polaroids were found among his possessions.

This first comprehensive monograph compiles photographs and ephemera from the early punk years to Super-8 films, photograms and the late self-portraits. More than 500 photographs are reproduced here, alongside essays and an extensive biography." An excerpt from Vince Aletti, critic for The New Yorker: "As usual, there are too many great books to choose from, but I'm going for Mark Morrisroe (JRP/Ringier), the book that accompanied his exhibition at Artists Space earlier this year. Morrisroe (1959-1989) is the most radical, experimental, and audacious of the loose-knit group of photographers, including Nan Goldin, Jack Pierson, and David Armstrong, who became known as the Boston School. Although he was a runaway at 13, a hustler two years later, and never exactly led a stable existence, his work was vivacious and frequently celebratory. He photographed himself, his friends and his lovers as if they were taking part in a spontaneous performance event or a never-ending party. He had a genuinely outlaw sensibility but an obsessive artist's eye (most evident in his Polaroids and photograms), and this book is the first to cover the full range of his often astonishing output."