April Dawn Alison

by Erin O'Toole (ed)


Photographs: April Dawn Alison

Text: Hilton Als, Zackary Drucker, Erin O'Toole

Publisher: Mack Books

220 pages

Year: June 2019

ISBN: 978-1-912339-43-3

Price: 49.50

Comments: Vinyl covered hardback, 24.5 x 27.5cm

'Intriguing' – Art in America

'Beautifully composed'
 – New Yorker

 'Joy and melancholy coexist in her pictures, evidence of an exuberant inner life' – Bookforum 

Made over the course of some thirty years, the photographs in this book depict the many faces of April Dawn Alison, the female persona of an Oakland, California based photographer who lived in the world as a man. This previously unseen body of self-portraits, which was given to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2017, begins tentatively in 1970s in black-and-white, and evolves in the 80s into an exuberant, wildly colorful, and obsessive practice inspired by representations of women in classic film, BDSM pornography and advertising. A singular, long-term exploration of a non-public self, the archive contains photographs that are beautiful, hilarious, enigmatic, and heartbreakingly sad, sometimes all at once.

With essays by Hilton Als (American writer and theater critic for The New Yorker), Zackary Drucker (American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and producer of smash Amazon series Transparent) and Erin O’Toole (associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

Reviews

'The photos [...] bring to the fore the struggle of LGBTQ people to live openly in society, both then and now.' – SLEEK

'Impressive' – VICE

'Intriguing' – Art in America

'Beautifully composed' – New Yorker

 'Joy and melancholy coexist in her pictures, evidence of an exuberant inner life' – Bookforum


A collector's choice by josefchladek.com

April Dawn Alison

by Erin O'Toole (ed)


Photographs: April Dawn Alison

Text: Hilton Als, Zackary Drucker, Erin O'Toole

Publisher: Mack Books

220 pages

Year: June 2019

ISBN: 978-1-912339-43-3

Price: 49.50

Comments: Vinyl covered hardback, 24.5 x 27.5cm

'Intriguing' – Art in America

'Beautifully composed'
 – New Yorker

 'Joy and melancholy coexist in her pictures, evidence of an exuberant inner life' – Bookforum 

Made over the course of some thirty years, the photographs in this book depict the many faces of April Dawn Alison, the female persona of an Oakland, California based photographer who lived in the world as a man. This previously unseen body of self-portraits, which was given to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2017, begins tentatively in 1970s in black-and-white, and evolves in the 80s into an exuberant, wildly colorful, and obsessive practice inspired by representations of women in classic film, BDSM pornography and advertising. A singular, long-term exploration of a non-public self, the archive contains photographs that are beautiful, hilarious, enigmatic, and heartbreakingly sad, sometimes all at once.

With essays by Hilton Als (American writer and theater critic for The New Yorker), Zackary Drucker (American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and producer of smash Amazon series Transparent) and Erin O’Toole (associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

Reviews

'The photos [...] bring to the fore the struggle of LGBTQ people to live openly in society, both then and now.' – SLEEK

'Impressive' – VICE

'Intriguing' – Art in America

'Beautifully composed' – New Yorker

 'Joy and melancholy coexist in her pictures, evidence of an exuberant inner life' – Bookforum


A collector's choice by josefchladek.com

April Dawn Alison

by Erin O'Toole (ed)


Photographs: April Dawn Alison

Text: Hilton Als, Zackary Drucker, Erin O'Toole

Publisher: Mack Books

220 pages

Year: June 2019

ISBN: 978-1-912339-43-3

Price: 49.50

Comments: Vinyl covered hardback, 24.5 x 27.5cm

'Intriguing' – Art in America

'Beautifully composed'
 – New Yorker

 'Joy and melancholy coexist in her pictures, evidence of an exuberant inner life' – Bookforum 

Made over the course of some thirty years, the photographs in this book depict the many faces of April Dawn Alison, the female persona of an Oakland, California based photographer who lived in the world as a man. This previously unseen body of self-portraits, which was given to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2017, begins tentatively in 1970s in black-and-white, and evolves in the 80s into an exuberant, wildly colorful, and obsessive practice inspired by representations of women in classic film, BDSM pornography and advertising. A singular, long-term exploration of a non-public self, the archive contains photographs that are beautiful, hilarious, enigmatic, and heartbreakingly sad, sometimes all at once.

With essays by Hilton Als (American writer and theater critic for The New Yorker), Zackary Drucker (American transgender multimedia artist, LGBT activist, actress and producer of smash Amazon series Transparent) and Erin O’Toole (associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art).

Reviews

'The photos [...] bring to the fore the struggle of LGBTQ people to live openly in society, both then and now.' – SLEEK

'Impressive' – VICE

'Intriguing' – Art in America

'Beautifully composed' – New Yorker

 'Joy and melancholy coexist in her pictures, evidence of an exuberant inner life' – Bookforum


A collector's choice by josefchladek.com