The Figures proudly announces the publication of Kenneth Goldsmith's No. lll 2.7.93-10.20.96, the long awaited 606 page book of conceptually uncategorizable brilliance by one of New York's most unpredictable young artists.
Made up of literally thousands of short phrases and hundreds of long phrases, carefully crafted full sentences of great eloquence as well as typographic rant of total gibberish, Goldsmith's book is a trove of found and formally fudged language. Ordered by syllable count and alphabetic rigor, as well as by sound, the material in No. lll invites the reader to browse, scan, read aloud, howl, goof and wonder at the impossible juxtapositions of diction, reference, and attitude.
In the words of Marjorie Perloff, "Goldsmith's eye and ear for contemporary argot is near perfect," and Charles Bernstein adds, "In this useless collection of perishable information, this wily catalog of everyday life, Goldsmith has written what could be the longest, and maybe the last, list poem of the 20th Century."
Known primarily as a fine artist (he shows at Bravin Post Lee Gallery in Soho), Goldsmith has been using words and writing in his art production for a decade. Now, in trade book form, with a spare white cover that echoes the look of How To Write, by Gertrude Stein, the reader can have this largest sampling of his work to date.
Kenneth Goldsmith has been active in the art, literature, and music worlds for several years. He received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984. He has shown his text-based artworks in museums and galleries around the world. In 1993, he completed 73 Poems (Permanent Press, CD release Lovely Music, Ltd.), a collaboration with avant-garde vocalist Joan La Barbara. He is a DJ at Freeform Radio 91.1 WFMU in the New York City area and lives in lower Manhattan with his wife, the video artist and painter Cheryl Donegan.
No lll 2.7.93-10.20.96
5 1/2 x 8", 606 pages, Perfect bound
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