We are proud to
announce the first hardcover monograph by photographer Gusmano Cesaretti. Born in Italy in 1944, Cesaretti emigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Los Angeles in the 1970's. Yet when he arrived in the U.S. it wasn't the palatial estates and closedoff enclaves of the Westsidethat drew him in but rather the raw energy, graffiti, and people of East Los Angeles. He became immersed in the local Chicano culture, gaining unprecedented photographic access to gangs, graffiti writers and lowrider cultures of that era. This began a photo career capturing subcultures such as the '80s L.A. punk scene, Folsom Prison, bikers, the L.A. Police Academy as well as photojournalistic works in locations around the world including Mexico, South America and Southeast Asia.
This hardcover will be the first retrospective history of Gusmano Cesaretti's celebrated photography work from the 1970s and 1980's. Chapters include works featuring East L.A.'s Clique Car Club, selections from his iconic Street Writers series, L.A. Punks, Folsom Prison, Los Angeles Police Academy, Mexican mushroom healer Maria Sabina, and selected
other iconic images from this important time in the photographer's creative history.
Barry McGee's art buzzes with an infectious street vitality that celebrates the rich pageant of city living, while lambasting its ills, over stimulations, frustrations, addictions. His early years as a graffiti artist, tagging on the streets of San Francisco under such monikers as Ray Fong and Twist, still nourish his drive to inscribe the blank face of modern life with the personal and the handmade. A part of the early 1990s art and graffiti boom associated with San Francisco's Mission School, McGee synthesizes a wide range of resources, including the Mexican muralists, anonymous street art and San Francisco Beat poetry, all of which are notably characterized by a sense of public address that McGee never neglects to convey in his own work.
His paintings, drawings and installations spill over with graphic energy and political anger, and direct exhortations to his audience to respond to the life around them. This hardcover artist's book takes the form of a visual collage, incorporating photographs, drawings, paintings and documentation of past and present installations. It is the definitive volume on a much-loved artist.
Mike Mills: Graphics Films is the first retrospective monograph covering fifteen years of Mills' work in the fields of graphic design, film and art. The book includes album cover designs that have become part of our cultural landscape, such as work for The Beastie Boys, Beck, Sonic Youth, as well as his covers and videos for the French band Air. Also included are graphics, textiles, and t-shirts for Marc Jacobs, X-Girl, and Humans, as well as rarely seen documentation of his fine art work and worldwide exhibitions.
Mike Mills: Graphics Films is also the first comprehensive overview of Mills' film work including videos for Pulp, Air, Blonde Redhead, documentaries such as Does Your Soul Have a Cold and Paperboys, selected short films, as well as his 2007 feature film Thumbsucker, which has won awards at the Sundance, Berlin, and Edinburgh film festivals.
Over eleven years in the making and compiling more than 30 years worth of
material, Alleged Press is pleased to announce the publication of Ed
Templeton's Deformer, a multi-media scrapbook of his upbringing in suburban
Orange County, California. This beautifully designed volume, entirely
art-directed by Templeton himself, gives a sun-drenched glimpse of what it
is like to be young and alive in what Templeton refers to as "the suburban
domestic incubator". Deformer intertwines photographs, paintings, drawings,
sketchbook pages, disciplinary letters from his grandfather and religious
notes from his mother into a magnificent narrative of teenage isolation and
Our second book in the series is the first monograph by West Coast-based painter/conceptual artist Chris Johanson. For over a decade, Johanson has been transforming the commonplace activities of the day to day into simple stories, frozen in time for us to observe. He comments on the age of consumerism, the corporate ladder as well as modern psychological phenomena such as self-help and psychotherapy. He creates a world where nudist dancers, emotionally centered people, forest energy, abstract rainbows and “good vibes” exist next to a sinister comic edge sometimes reflecting the human experience’s darkest places. Johanson has exhibited his works worldwide including exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Our first book titled “Out and About” by photographer Ari Marcopoulos has recently been released. Marcopoulos is a Dutch born photographer who immigrated to the United States in the late 1970s. During this time he worked for Andy Warhol and through this association became introduced to an amazingly vibrant scene of artists, musicians and personalities, which he documents in this book. This was an amazing book to be a part of and is the realization of a 20-year dream by Marcopoulos to release this work from his time in New York.