Mongrelism: The Mighty Mongrel Mob Nation of Aotearoa New Zealand… SIGNED & inscribed to Robert Bechtle & Whitney Chadwick
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Rotman, Jono. London: Here Press, 2018.
English language, Fine 4to, 10 ¼” x 8”, 158 pp.
Mongrelism: The Mighty Mongrel Mob Nation of Aotearoa New Zealand depicted in 153 large format colour plates by Jono Rotman together with 16 Barks, two Hakas, and Awaita conveyed by members of the Mighty Mongrel Mob Nation of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Red buckram over boards with Maori figure design in gilt and brown ink to front, brown and gilt to spine. Dark tan endpapers, red silk ribbon bookmark, SIGNED and INSCRIBED, “To Whitney + Bob, with great neighborly regard, Jono”. Full-color large format photographs, offset lithoprint on coated and uncoated paper, features tipped in street art, and two photocollages on twice-folded tissue paper, one with crease. Includes transcribed conversations and interviews, heavily redacted in red ink, with members of the notorious biker gang. Published on the occasion of traveling exhibition in 2014-2017,winner of the Prix de Livre, Vevey, Switzerland in 2017. Rare in the trade. Acquired from the private library of Robert Bechtle and Whitney Chadwick.
Whitney Chadwick, (1943- ) Author and Art Historian who wrote, Women, Art, and Society, and Women Artists of the Surrealist Movement, as well as one of the authors behind Confessions of a Guerilla Girl, Chadwick made seismic waves in both art history and gender studies academic circles, forcing reexamination of women and queer artists than had been systematically excluded from the record.
Robert Bechtle (1932-2020) was an American Phtorealist painter, printmaker, and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. His insistence on realism at a time when abstract-informed figuration was en vogue brought wide criticism in the U.S. when he was widely celebrated in Europe. Gradually, his attention to objective reporting in everyday American domestic life brought him into the mainstream. He is considered to be among the most accomplished realism artists of his time.