Larry Sultan & Mike Mandel includes essays by Charlotte Cotton, Constance Lewallen, and Jonathan Letham.
The artistic collaboration between Larry Sultan (1946-2009) and Mike Mandel (b. 1950) began in 1972, when they were both graduate students at the San Francisco Art Institute. Over the next 30 years, they created 20 photographic projects: two publications (including the landmark book Evidence); two exhibitions; the film, JPL; three public commissions; and 12 billboard series displayed on sites throughout California and the continental U.S. This collaboration enabled Sultan and Mandel to evolve a seemingly authorless style; most of their works adapted found imagery from archives or from popular media, neutralizing the intended commercial or documentary content by uncovering and emphasizing the inherent banality.
Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel chronicles their work with sourced images in the exhibitions Replaced (1975); Newsroom (1983); and the publications How to Read Music in One Evening (1974) and Evidence (1977). Five critical essays provide further insights on their collaboration,
Learn more about LACMA's exhibition Larry Sultan: Here and Home.
- 264 pages, 10 x 11.5 x 1.1 inches
- 190 color illustrations