In preparation since 1969 — rejected so far by publishers — this slender volume finally sees the light of day nineteen years after untimely death of Goodman — the first published collection of essays on No! art. No understanding of Radical — as opposed to market-oriented art — is possible without background information on No! art, it occupies the strategic juncture where artistic production and socio-cultural action meet. This volume deals mainly with the collective period from about 1960 to 1964; individual later works dealing with “Women’s Liberation”, the new antisemitism, postrevolutionary violence, postrevolutionary sadomasochism are included. The origins of No! Art sprout from the Jewish experience, struck root in the world’s largest Jewish community New York, a product of armies, concentration camps, Lumpenproletariat artists. Its targets are the hypocritical intelligentsia, capitalist culture manipulation, consumerism, American and other Molochs. Their aim total unabashed self-expression in art leading to social involvement. Collective confrontation artists as early as the Peace Demonstrations of 1961-62. No lighthearted Duchampesque Dadaists, Neodadaists, or “pop-artists”; no consumerism’s middleclass nor Nouveau Riche Liberals’ neuter background makers. But believers in the unfashionable notion of Art with a capital “A”. — This is a very short version — we hope for eventual publication of a complete version with full illustrations and bibliography of No! Art: Pinups, Excrement, Protest, Jew-art. — Boris Lurie
Berlin & Cologne: Edition Hundertmark, 1988.
First edition 8vo (20.5 × 14.7 cm) Softcover German text: 136pp + 284 plates + English text: 108 pp Texts in English and German Photographic wrappers. Glue bound. Illustrated in b/w throughout.
Fine. Slight rubbing near spine. Internally fine. Item ID: 1181.