After General Idea.
Paris: Three Star Books, 2018. Square folio. (50)ff. One of forty copies, signed by the artist, A.A. Bronson. Fifty identical tearaway posters of “AIDS,” using an appropriative design based on Robert Indiana’s 1967 “LOVE.” The relation of AIDS to love, both conceptually and artistically, and its adaptation into a repetitive format similar to a sample book, points to the persistent threat of AIDS even as the crisis is declared “over.” The book follows the tradition established by General Idea, an artists’ group founded in 1969 by Bronson, along with Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal, which for 25 years was a vanguard of punk, queer theory, and AIDS activism through periodicals, public art projects, and low cost multiples. Both Partz and Zontal died in 1994 of AIDS-related causes; Bronson’s present publication is as much an act of love and remembrance as it is of protest. Perfect-bound with a fabric spine and silkscreened boards. Fine. Item #30239