John Evans collages /
John Evans ; introduction by Robert M. Murdock.
New York : The Quantuck Lane Press, 2004.
384 p. : col. ill.
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New York : The Quantuck Lane Press, 2004.
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John Evans: collage diaries -- Plates.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-06-01:
This unique book has outstanding, full-page reproductions of 365 collages, representing one year's daily output for New York artist Evans. The selections are not all from the same single year; they span 1964 to 2000, when Evans made a collage a day from materials he collected on the city streets. Each collage stands for a particular date selected from those 36 years so, for example, June 29, 1978 (verso) is adjacent to June 30, 1976 (recto). Since the collages were made in an 11 x 8.5-inch sketchbook, the reproductions in this catalog must be very nearly actual size. A brief 12-page essay includes endnotes, but the catalog contains no bibliography, exhibition history, or chronology for this artist. There is very little here for someone to use as the basis for research, but then, there is actually very little in print about this artist. In that regard, the catalog does play an important role of introducing this body of work to a larger audience. It is very interesting in the same sense that autobiographies and journals/diaries of artists are interesting and to that end, it is unique and valuable. ^BSumming Up: Essential. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through faculty. C. Stroh Western Michigan University
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Every day, beginning in 1964, painter John Evans created a college out of found objects ranging from clippings, business cards, product stickers or labels and ticket stubs, to bits of ephemera or anonymous snapshots found on the streets of his East Village neighborhood. Using colored inks, he built upon and embellished the collage elements, creating lively, vibrant compositions. His astonishing work continued through the end of 2000, which seemed an appropriate date to stop. A part from their beauty, Evans collages are minitime capsules that mark the end of the Vietnam war, the fiscal crisis in New York City during the 1970s, the burgeoning economy, club scene and art market of the 1980s, and the Aids crisis. They are also autobiographical, with postcards, snapshots and other connections to Evan's daily life. The 365 collages selected for this monograph represent one year, but are drawn from different years. They illustrate the full range of Evans's mastery of his medium and attest to the artist's self discipline in adhering to the demanding regimen of creating a collage every day.

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