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Boys' Art
by Robert Kushner ; Joyce Kozloff
Binding: Hardcover, 60 pages
Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Weight: 3.92 pound
Dimension: H: 0.51 x L: 17.8 x W: 0.75 inches
ISBN 10: 1891024795
ISBN 13: 9781891024795
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War. Whether it was waged at Pitcairn Island, Nagasaki, or the Falkland Islands, whether during the Han Dynasty, the English Empire, or the Cold War, battles have been fought, people slaughtered, women raped, children orphaned, and so on, as the pages of history turn. The current world situation, in the very first years of the 21st century, is certainly no exception. The visual residue of these battles changes over time, growing more and more dense, more and more immediate. But always there have been maps, detailed cartographic evidence of what was known, what was planned, what was going to happen. For over a dozen years, Joyce Kozloff has centered her art on the theme of cartography, blending into her simulacra of old maps mutations that often raise geopolitical issues. She discovered in these images of physical terrain a mental territory as well one that charts the topography of power. Boys' Art is a series of meticulous, densely collaged maps that Kozloff has fashioned from hundreds of years of source material, the most recent of which are her son Nik's childhood drawings of war. On top of her pristine pencil copies of historic military maps culled from the Han dynasty to the Roosevelt administration Kozloff has layered the movements of war, as found in Tin Tin and Babar, in a 17th century woodblock by Hokusai, in a George Grosz pen and ink drawing, or a Leonardo da Vinci sketch. Surreal narratives emerge, pitting cartoon elephants against samurai warriors, scribbled monsters against Indians on horseback, and Renaissance soldiers against Frenchmen in khaki fatigues and pith helmets. Presented in an oversize format at a 1:1 scale with the original collages, Boys' Art lushly presents a series of work that unfortunately could not be more timely. But then, as Kozloff herself writes in the introduction, there has always been war. A special version of Boys' Art includes a hand tinted etching by Joyce Kozloff, produced in a limited edition of 50 at the Vermont Studio Center Press. Joyce Kozloff has forsaken Pattern and Decoration, the 1970s movement with which she has always been associated, for an intriguing derivative that might be called Pattern and Information. Her. . .maps are densely layered, lushly colored and so packed with detail and suggestion and visual treats that the eye hardly knows where to start. Roberta Smith,The New York Times . . .beneath the prettiness of Kozloff's maps is a point not about the comedy of our ill informed ancestors and the imperfection of their systems of knowledge, but about the imperfection of such systems generally, and about a dreamingly feverish element in the inventions through which we order the world. David Frankel, Artforum Joyce Kozloff's creations, unlike maps with more limited objectives, reconstruct the details of mapmaking, topography, and signs into deeper messages about how cultures accrue meaning. Jan Garden Castro, Sculpture Magazine Places and patterns compose the crux of Joyce Kozloff's artwork, and she combines the two like a cartographer at a quilting bee. George Melrod, Art & Antiques Essay by Robert Kushner. Clothbound, 12.5 x 17.75 in./60 pgs / 24 color 0 BW0 duotone 0 Item D20225

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