Ari Marcopoulos — Within Arm’s Reach

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“Born in Amsterdam in 1957, Ari Marcopoulos came to New York in 1979 and quickly became part of a downtown art scene that included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Robert Mapplethorpe. Since then, Marcopoulos has become recognized as a leading documentarian of contemporary culture, having chronicled the emerging hip hop scene, shot snowboarders in action and revealed the vicissitudes of his family life. Marcopoulos always appears to have forged a strong connection with the people he photographs, whether celebrated figures-from Andy Warhol to Kiki Smith, John Cage to LL Cool J-or more obscure personalities, so that he captures, without sentimentality or voyeurism, the intimate sensation of their daily lives. His images are particular to a time and place, but reach out to us via familiar themes such as family and the longing for adventure. The first retrospective on Marcopoulos, Within Arm’s Reach collects work from three decades, and is supplemented with an essay by Stephanie Cannizzo”


Edited by Stephanie Cannizzo.

JRP Ringier for The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2009. Small thin 4to in grey illustrated stiff wraps as issued. 136 pages, colour & b/w illustrations finely printed

First edition, fine copy



Ari Marcopoulos — Within Arm's Reach