Larry Johnson, Commie Pinko Guy, Raven Row, Koenig Books, 2015
Edited by Bruce Hainley, Commie Pinko Guy is the first European monograph devoted to the photo-based work of artist Larry Johnson (born 1959, Long Beach, California).
Alongside numerous colour illustrations of Johnson’s artworks spanning his career from the early 1980s to the present, the book also includes images specially selected by the artist from his personal archives and other sources. Among these are photographs by Mel Roberts and from the Athletic Model Guild. This rich visual selection provides a unique perspective on Johnson’s personal connections to queer history, the city of Los Angeles – where he has lived all his life – and to American politics.
With essays by Morgan Fisher, Bruce Hainley, Antony Hudek, Wayne Koestenbaum and Lisa Lapinski, as well as reprints of texts by Pleasant Gehman, James McCourt, Boyd McDonald and Duncan Smith.