Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, 2012
published by Walther König Publishers, Cologne, Germany
10 x 11.5 inches
First edition, first and only printing
264 pages, 190 color, 60 b & w illustrations
Essays by Charlotte Cotton, Jonathan Lethem, Connie Lewallen, Carter Ratcliff, Thomas Wagner
Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel chronicles the collaborative artwork by Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan. Their prolific artistic collaboration began in 1973 when they were both graduate students at the San Francisco Art Institute, and continued for more than thirty years. Their bond as West Coast artists was further strengthened as together they confronted San Francisco’s post-Beat, post- Cafe Society art community that seemed alien to their southern California sensibilities. This book covers their early work through the 1980s, when they created nineteen projects together.
Mandel and Sultan’s projects during this period took the forms of artists‘ books, How To Read Music In One Evening, 1974, and Evidence, 1977; a series of a dozen outdoor billboard artworks in the form of hand painted photographs, silkscreen posters, oil paintings and digitally printed posters, 1973–1983; a ﬁ lm, JPL, 1978; and an installation, Newsroom, 1983. Although they both pursued individual projects during this period they nurtured and developed an intense and focused artist collaboration. Their seminal work, Evidence has been widely recognized as a landmark photo-graphic book.
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