Artists' writings First Edition Hardcover 345 pages 24 x 16 cm Texts in English   New       EUR 26 ORDER

Chris Kraus, After Kathy Acker. A Biography, Allen Lane, 2017

Kathy Acker: Rich girl, street punk, scholar, stripper, victim, media-whore ... and cultural icon.

The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, many of them created by her. Twenty years after her untimely death aged just 50, Acker's legend has faded, but her writing has become clearer. A few years ago, the writer Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick, found that her own experiences were becoming more and more like Kathy's. She began writing about Acker 'through the distance, but with this incredible frisson of feeling that often I could write "I" instead of "she."'

This is 'literary friction': The first fully authorised biography of the avant-garde writer Kathy Acker, by the woman who arrived on the scene straight after her, who shared some of her boyfriends and friends, and her artistic ambitions. Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus traces the woman behind the notorious novels, and places her at the centre of a kaleidoscopic artistic world.

The path of the female artist. Is hell.

Fiction New edition Hardcover 288 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 17 ORDER

Chris Kraus, I Love Dick, Tuskar Rock Press, 2015

When Chris Kraus, an unsuccessful artist pushing 40, spends an evening with a rogue academic named Dick, she falls madly and inexplicably in love, enlisting her husband in her haunted pursuit. Dick proposes a kind of game between them, but when he fails to answer their letters Chris continues alone, transforming an adolescent infatuation into a new form of philosophy. Blurring the lines of fiction, essay and memoir, Chris Kraus's novel was a literary sensation when it was first published in 1997 by Semiotex(e). 

Criticism/Theory First Edition Soft cover, perfect binding 39 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 20 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Kelly Lake Store & Other Stories, Companion Editions, 2015

Kelly Lake Store and Other Stories is a unique extension of Kraus’s recent art writing, produced specifically for the Companion Editions series, an imprint of the Portland, Oregon-based Cooley Gallery. The series features one essay by a contemporary writer or scholar in relation to a singular artistic project. It was edited as a collaboration between the gallery’s director, Stephanie Snyder, Kylie Gilchrist and Megan Stockton.

Criticism/Theory First Edition Paperback 160 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 18 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness, Semiotext(e), 2004

Video Green examines the explosion of late 1990s Los Angeles art driven by high-profile graduate programs. Probing the surface of art-critical buzzwords, Chris Kraus brilliantly chronicles how the City of Angels has suddenly become the epicenter of the international art world and a microcosm of the larger culture. Why is Los Angeles so completely divorced from other realities of the city? Shrewd, analytic and witty, Video Green is to the Los Angeles art world what Roland Barthes’ Mythologies were to the society of the spectacle: the live autopsy of a ghost city.

Fiction First Edition Paperback 296 pages Texts in English   New       EUR 18 ORDER

Chris Kraus, Torpor, Semiotext(e), 2006

Set at the dawn of the New World Order, Chris Kraus's third novel, Torpor loops back to the beginning of the decade that was the basis of I Love Dick, her pseudo-confessional cult-classic debut. It's summer, 1991, post-MTV, pre-AOL. Jerome Shafir and Sylvie Green, two former New Yorkers who can no longer afford an East Village apartment, set off on a journey across the entire former Soviet Bloc with the specious aim of adopting a Romanian orphan. Nirvana's on the radio everywhere, and wars are erupting across Yugoslavia.
Savagely ironic and deeply lyrical, Torpor explores the swirling mix of nationalisms, capital flows and negative entropy that define the present, haunted by the persistence of historical memory. Written in the third person, it is her most personal novel to date.

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