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Ashley Bickerton. Susie

Ashley Bickerton. Susie
© Photography: Walter Pfeiffer, Zürich

Ashley Bickerton. Susie
© Photography: Simon Schmid / NL, Bern

Ashley Bickerton. Susie
© Photography: Simon Schmid / NL, Bern

Editor:
STUDIOLO - Fredi Fischli, Niels Olsen, Zürich

Design:
Teo Schifferli, Zürich

Printing:
DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg

Publisher:
Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich

ISBN:
978-3-90592-967-6

This volume about Susie, an early group of works by the New York artist who in the 1980 belonged to the Neo-Geo group associated with Jeff Koons, features a surprising presentation of his work in two very different, unconventional ways. The first half consists of a long series of full-bleed, high-contrast black-and-white photos showing extreme details of the sculptures and paintings. In combination with occasional large-type quotations from the artist, these introduce the reader to the work in a challenging way. After a text section with small exhibition views, numerous four-colour pictorial pages follow towards the end, for which individual works, which now turn out to be extremely colourful, are rather crudely masked out. Their isolation from their context transfers them from their own time into the ‘now' in which they are being viewed. Another unusual and successful aspect is the abstract black-and-white cover design, which reveals practically nothing about the content but turns out to be a detail of a painting to be found within the catalogue.

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