Billy Sullivan. Still, Looking

Billy Sullivan

Still, Looking

Works 1969–2016

De­spite its land­scape for­mat, large size and hard­cover with a dust jacket, this first mono­graph on the 70-year-old New York artist Billy Sul­li­van is rel­a­tively easy to han­dle. All the il­lus­tra­tions - mostly one but up to a max­i­mum of four per page - are with only two ex­cep­tions cen­tred ver­ti­cally, with vary­ing white bor­ders de­pend­ing on the for­mat. The lin­ear arrange­ment makes for a per­fect in­ter­play with the daz­zling se­lec­tion and arrange­ment of the im­ages, with the pho­tographs, paint­ings and draw­ings from al­most five decades grouped loosely by motif with­out re­gard for tech­nique, genre or chronol­ogy. Since Sul­li­van some­times de­picted the same per­son or sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions more than once and oc­ca­sion­ally made draw­ings or paint­ings from pho­tographs, leaf­ing through the book of­fers di­verse mo­ments of déjà vu and time loops. At the same time, es­tab­lished hi­er­ar­chies be­tween paint­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy, and be­tween orig­i­nal and copy, are un­der­mined. The strik­ingly strong colours in many of the draw­ings and paint­ings were gen­er­ated using Max­im­age/ECAL's ‘Color Li­brary' colour sep­a­ra­tion tool.

Billy Sullivan, New York (USA)
Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich
Marietta Eugster, Paris (FR) / Zürich
DZA Druckerei zu Altenburg GmbH, Altenburg (DE)
Edition Patrick Frey, Zürich
240 × 302 × 33