You and Me Or the Art of Give and Take

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Constance Lewallen, Greil Marcus
JRP/Ringier, 2009 - Art - 192 pages
Allen Ruppersberg (born 1944) came of age as an artist in late-1960s Los Angeles, where he was part of the burgeoning L.A. Conceptual movement-that unique band of artists that included Bas Jan Ader, Ger van Elk, William Leavitt, Allan McColllum and William Wegman. Like these artists and other L.A. Conceptual pioneers such as Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari, Ruppersberg used photographs (both made and found) in combination with text and narrative strategies to mingle, blend and upend both fiction and fact-most famously in "Where's Al?" (1972) and "Between the Scenes" (1973). In this wonderfully designed spiral-bound artist's book, Ruppersberg repurposes a 1956 "Guest Informant" book from the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco as a backdrop for a selection of photographs and postcards from 1985-1989, culled from his own collection, and alluding to earlier works such as "Al's Grand Hotel." You and Me also includes new essays on Ruppersberg by such longstanding fans as Greil Marcus and Constance Lewallen.

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Constance M. Lewallen is Senior Curator at the Berkeley Art Museum and Curator of the exhibition "Joe Brainard: A Retrospective."Lawrence R. Rinder is Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator of Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art and editor of "Searchlight: Consciousness at the Millennium" (1999). Trinh T. Minh-ha is a writer, filmmaker, and composer. Her work includes seven books--"Woman Native Other "(1989), "When the Moon Waxes Red" (1991), "Framer Framed" (1992), "Cinema Interval" (1999) and, in collaboration with Jean-Paul Bourdier, "Drawn from African Dwellings "(1996)--and six feature-length films, including "A Tale of Love "(1996) and "The Fourth Dimension" (2001). She is Professor in the Women's Studies, Film Studies, and Rhetoric Departments at the University of California, Berkeley.

Greil Marcus is the author of "Invisible Republic," "Dead Elvis," "Lipstick Traces," & "Mystery Train." His pieces have appeared in a wide range of publications, including "Artforum," "Interview," "The New Yorker," "The New York Times," & "Esquire." He will be teaching at Princeton & Berkeley in fall 2000.

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