May 13 2016

Book Launch | Billy Sullivan: Still, Looking. Works 1969-2016 with Carroll Dunham, Marietta Eugster, William J. Simmons, Billy Sullivan, and moderator Linda Yablonsky.

Fri | 7pm

Billy Sullivan: Still, Looking. Swiss Institute Launch


Edition Patrick Frey and kaufmann repetto are pleased to announce a book launch to celebrate the release of Billy Sullivan’s first monograph: Still, Looking. Works 1969–2016. The launch will feature a panel discussion with Carroll Dunham, Marietta Eugster, William J. Simmons, Billy Sullivan, and moderator Linda Yablonsky, with a book signing to follow.

Still, Looking. Works 1969–2016, published by Edition Patrick Frey, includes 270 pages of color plates spanning the full breadth of Sullivan’s career, along with essays by art historian William J. Simmons and critic Linda Yablonsky. For this publication Sullivan collaborated with Paris-based designer Marietta Eugster to sequence the images into a series of visual chapters that purposefully subvert a standard chronological presentation. Time bends to memory and association as people and scenes continually resurface and echo long after their initial introduction. Each chapter focuses on a particular subject, with ample allowance for digressions, diversions and reoccurrences, before flowing without delineation into the next.

In a similar way, the book explores the fluid coexistence of photography within Sullivan’s work alongside his paintings and drawings. Although he often uses his own photographs as templates for works on paper and oils on linen, these pages reveal the complex degree of editing and compression that this process entails. Yet the book also shows how many of these photographs re-main photographic, as coequal pictures in their own right, upending the simpler notion of source material versus final product.

Sullivan’s paintings and drawings can be challenging to reproduce accurately in print, due to his frequent use of fluorescent, iridescent and “luminous” hues that fall outside the standard CMYK printing gamut. By using a special profile of three Pantone “neon” inks plus black, this volume aims to restore Sullivan’s color spectrum and to fully translate his work’s vibrant intensity to the page.

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Carroll Dunham is an artist based in New York and Connecticut, who has known Billy Sullivan and followed his work for many years.

Designer Marietta Eugster is based in Paris and Zurich.

William J. Simmons is an art historian, critic, and curator. He is currently in the art history doctoral program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, focusing on queer and feminist theory.

Critic and journalist Linda Yablonsky has been a frequent contributor to, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, ArtNews, W, and T Magazine, among many other publications. She is the author of The Story of Junk: A Novel, and of numerous essays on artists, including Mark Morrisroe, Marilyn Minter, Keith Sonnier, and Richard Phillips.

Billy Sullivan (b. 1946) has been exhibiting nationally and internationally since 1971. His recent solo exhibitions include shows at kaufmann repetto, New York (2016), Ille Arts, Amagansett (2015); Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zürich (2014); Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton (2010); and Regen Projects, Los Angeles (2008). He has been included in important exhibitions such as Ugo Rondinone’s I Love John Giorno, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); GLAM! The Performance of Style, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2014); Open Windows, Addison Gallery of American Art, curated by Carroll Dunham, Andover (2012); and Whitney Biennal: Day for Night, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006). Sullivan’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Parrish Art Museum, and the Denver Art Museum, as well as many other public and private collections.