Hendricks, Jon; Toche, Jean; Toche, Virginia; Johnson, Poppy; Silvianna; Stamerra, Joanne; - Guerrilla Art Action Group - GAAG, the Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969–1976: A selection

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Guerrilla Art Action Group.

Jean Toche, Jon Hendricks, Virginia Toche, 

Poppy Johnson, Silvianna, & Joanne Stamerra. 

GAAG, the Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969–1976: A selection

New York: Printed Matter, Inc with Kunstverein Publishing

and Research Centre for Artists' Publications

at the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, 2011.


Very good. 

Minor edge wear and sticker residue to bottom spine. 

Designed by Pat Steir & Paula Greif. 

Photographs by Jan Van Raay.

Additional photographs by Julie Abeles, Eleanor Clemm,

Jon Hendricks, Ka Kwong Hui, & Joanne Stamerra. 

At long last, this classic compendium that documents all of this amazing radical group's actions, statements and manifestos is back in print. For years this book was exceptionally hard to find and expensive. The reprint is faithful to the original in absolutely every way and looks terrific. We are hugely thankful to all who labored to produce this reprint, and happy for our friends Jean Toche and Jon Hendricks that this is finally available again. May it inspire and provoke future generations of shit-stirrers and starters!

Here are the details from Printed Matter's website:

"Synopsis: This is the reissue of the long out-of-print publication GAAG: The Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969-1976: A Selection, first published in 1978. The book serves as the primary text to the significant work of the activist artist group GAAG (Jon Hendricks, Poppy Johnson, Silvianna, Joanne Stamerra, Virginia Toche and Jean Toche), both as a document of the group’s ideological and logistical concerns, and more broadly as a historical record for 52 of the many political art actions they carried out through the late Sixties and early Seventies.

Guided by their belief that art and culture had been corrupted by profit and private interest, GAAG formed in October 1969 as a platform for social struggle. Their work asked how artists could work effectively towards meaningful change, most often through direct provocation and confrontation–symbolic, non-violent actions staged in protest and ridicule of the ethical failures by the art and media establishments, as well as the US government. Their activities defied the brutal, close-minded workings of an artistic/political system that traded in dirty money, served the elite, established a trivial cultural canon, and perpetuated bloody wars abroad.

GAAG: The Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969-1976: A Selection collects the manifestos, letters and press communiqués issued by the group (to Nixon, Hoover, The Secretary of Defense, Museum officials, and others). Their missives are printed as facsimiles, alongside other print material, including handwritten expenses, and related documents, that stand as statements of purpose and protest. Photographers Ka Kwong Hui, Joanne Stamerra, Jan Van Raay and others were often on hand as many of the actions unfolded, offering a remarkable and candid visual history to the group’s activities and confrontations GAAG: The Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969-1976: A Selection is a tremendous resource on the important work of the group, providing insight into social action and political art activities with lasting implications. The book stands both as a historical documentation as well as a model for contemporary and future critique and practice."