Hardcover, 7" x 10", 200 pages
“Impure Americana, a slightly acidic nostalgia that evoked sideshows, tramp art and old travel posters with infusions of feminist wit.” —Roberta Smith, New York Times. Margaret Kilgallen: that’s where the beauty is., was published by the AAM on the occasion of Kilgallen’s first posthumous museum exhibition, and the largest presentation of her work in more than a decade on view from January-June 2019.
Using the artist’s exhibition history as a chronological tool, that’s where the beauty is., examines Kilgallen’s roots in histories of printmaking, American and non-Western folk history and folklore, and feminist strategies of representation, expanding the narrative around her work beyond her association with the Bay Area Mission School and the Beautiful Losers artists. This publication offers a comprehensive look at Kilgallen’s work, revisiting the ongoing legacy and idiosyncratic spirit of one of California’s most innovative artists.
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Second Edition 2021