SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION
A3: OUR LIVES IN THE NEW YORK TIMES
by Ross Bleckner
Published by Edgewise Press
Edgewise Press, Inc., is proud to announce the publication of A3: OUR LIVES IN THE NEW YORK TIMES in a Special Limited Edition.
Every day, on page three of The New York Times, section A, an ad for Tiffany jewelry appears in the upper right corner of the page. Because of its placement in the paper’s first news section, the advertisement generally appears alongside a major new story, most frequently an international disaster or tragedy of some kind. The effect of these juxtapositions, for those alert and lateral-minded enough to notice them, are variously humorous, tragic, tragicomic, ironic or subversive. An ad for a pair of Tiffany earrings is titled “Gold Rush”; to its left is positioned a photograph of a line of Palestinians at a cash machine, after Israel had begun to release frozen Palestinian Authority funds. An ad for a Tiffany bracelet bears the tagline “A Charmed Existence,” and across from it the headline reads “Despite Embargo, Haiti’s Rich Seem to Get Richer.” An ad for four Tiffany rings carries the title “The Masterpieces of Engagement,” and to its left, below an image of the president, is the headline “Obama Chastises Wall St. in Push to Tighten Rules.” For nearly 20 years, artist Ross Bleckner amassed these amazing conjunctions. A3: OUR LIVES IN THE NEW YORK TIMES reproduces a selection of 87 of Bleckner’s finds in 1:1 scale. The bizarre synchronicities in this volume suggest a great deal about how we consciously and unconsciously process images in our daily lives.
ROSS BLECKNER was born in New York in 1949. He received his B.A. from New York University in 1971, and his M.F.A. from Cal Arts in 1973. He has had one-person exhibitions in many of the major museums and galleries in the world, including a retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York in 1995. A major monograph on his work, The Paintings of Ross Bleckner, and a major study, The Flower Paintings of Ross Bleckner, both by Richard Milazzo, were published in 2007 (Editions Alain Noirhomme, Brussels), and in 2011 (Galleria Mazzoli Editons, Modena, Italy), respectively. A book of Bleckner’s own writings, Examined Life: Writings 1972-2006, was also published by Edgewise Press (see EP 21). He has been represented by the Mary Boone Gallery in New York since 1979.
A3: Our Lives in The New York Timesis a first edition paperback, April 2012, 54 pp., 48 color illustrations, 9.5 x 14.5 in., printed in the United States.