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Asco: Elite of the Obscure

$60.00 Member Price $54.00

Edited by C. Ondine Chavoya and Rita Gonzalez, with contributions by Maris Bustamante, Amelia Jones, Chon Noriega and others

ASCO: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is the first comprehensive monograph to survey the wide-ranging activities of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group ASCO. Active between 1971 and 1987, ASCO began as a tight-knit core of artists from East Los Angeles: Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón and Patssi Valdez. Taking their name from the Spanish idiomatic word for disgust and nausea, ASCO launched their response to turbulent socio-political conditions in Los Angeles and the larger international context through performance, public art and multimedia.

Geographically and culturally segregated from the then-nascent Los Angeles contemporary art scene, and aesthetically at odds with the emerging Chicano art movement, ASCO united to explore and exploit what they saw as the unlimited media of the conceptual. ASCO: Elite of the Obscure includes reproductions of previously unpublished works and reprinted historical documents, along with new critical essays.

This book accompanies the ASCO exhibition at LACMA from September 4 to December 4, 2011.

- Hardbound only
- 9-1/2 x 7-3/4 x 2 inches
- 432 pages, 267 color illustrations
- 2011

SKU #490

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