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LARRY SULTAN AND 
Mike Mandel
 
 
MIKE MANDEL
LARRY SULTAN
2012
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Text by Charlotte Cotton, Connie Lewallen, Thomas Wagner, Carter Ratcliff,

Jonathan Lethem.

Published by: Distributed Art Publishers, 

Publication Date: 2012

Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

264 pages 

190 color illustrations, 

10 x 11.5 in

 

$75

signed by Mike Mandel

PMVABF Special Price $40

INTRODUCTION

The artistic collaboration between Larry Sultan (1946-2009) and Mike Mandel (born 1950) began in 1972, when they were both graduate students at the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the next 12 years, they created 19 photographic projects together: two publications (including the influential photobook classic Evidence), two exhibitions and 15 billboard concepts erected on around 90 sites across America (mainly in California).

 

Collaboration enabled Sultan and Mandel to evolve a seemingly authorless style; most of their works adapted found imagery from archives or from popular media, neutralizing the intended commercial or documentary content by emphasizing its banality. This substantial overview surveys Sultan and Mandel's 35 years of collaborating, which came to a close with Sultan's death in 2009. It begins with early projects based around the theme of oranges, such as 'Cornucopia,' a 1955 hand-tinted postcard of a model posing with the fruit, bearing the tagline, 'California gold fills the horn to overflowing,' and continues through the book projects How to Read Music in One Evening and Evidence, which are reproduced spread by spread.

 

Also featured are the hilarious Tie Uprising series; the Whose News Abuses You? billboards, which used ceramic and magnet letters to spell out the titular slogan; and the duo's final collaboration, Trouble Spots and Full Stops, a billboard project based on a 1950s illustrated book called Your Bible and You, which conflated conflicting ideologies in both fictitious and real locations. 

 
SAMPLE IMAGES
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double-portrait
Cornucopia
Cornucopia
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Orange-On-Fire
Orange-On-Fire
WhoseNews
WhoseNews
Ties
Ties
Wemakeyou
Wemakeyou
WeMakeYouUs_01
WeMakeYouUs_01
OohLaLa_02
OohLaLa_02
OohLaLa_01
OohLaLa_01
Kansas
Kansas
Japan
Japan
Electric-Energy
Electric-Energy
Chicago_01
Chicago_01
Chicago_03
Chicago_03
Chicago_02
Chicago_02
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Clat-logo-lo-res