Criminals and Crime

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  • Don’t Run From a Man Named Climax        Gloria Bornstein        Books / Artists’ Books        $3.00
  • Last Meal        Jacquelyn Black        Books        $13.00
  • Du Da        Sally Alatalo        Periodicals / Prints        $25.00
  • Who’s Next?        Charlotte Haslund-Christensen        Editions / Signed        $170.00
  • The Ballad of Earl King        Robert Beck        Books        $1,500.00
  • Men in the News #33: Return of Repression        David Thorne        Books / Artists’ Books        $3.00
  • Law & Order: Special Victim        Dale Wittig        Books        $5.00
  • The Mexican Suitcase        Enrique Santos        Books / Catalogs        $45.00
  • Season of Violence        Emily Goldface        Books / Zines        $3.00
  • Darrel Ellis        Darrel Ellis        Books        $100.00
  • Crimeways        Rita McBride and Matthew Licht        Books        $8.00
  • Redheaded Peckerwood        Christian Patterson        Books        $65.00
  • Blotter        Anonymous        Books        $10.00
  • Dead Men Don’t Look Like Me        Paul Schiek        Books        $30.00

The books featured on this table all deal with criminality by exposing the complexity of crime. As a group, the works illuminate the various perspectives that create the idea of criminal culture.

Some take a humorous approach to lawlessness. Rita MacBride’s Crimeways plays with the idea of the detective novel, telling the tale of a New York under siege by an underground band of aesthetic criminals who threaten to destroy a landmark in the name of art. Meanwhile, Dale Whittig’s Law & Order Special Victims takes the tone of a fan-fiction zine. The work turns the table on the show’s characters by exhibiting the criminal behavior of the crime fighting heroes, a far cry from the show’s regular narrative progression.

Other books refer to real people and authentic criminal acts. Blotter, by NO WORK, is a collection of actual mug shots of NYC criminals. In Redheaded Peckerwood, Christian Petterson combines his own photographs with archival images to re-enact a gruesome three-day killing spree. The book traces the movements of 19-year-old Charles Starkweather and 14-year-old Caril Ann Fugate who murdered ten people, including Fugate’s family, on a trek across Nebraska to the point of their capture in Douglas, Wyoming in 1959.

Season of Violence Volume 1 and Men in the News #33 compiles lists of criminals, the former seeking a kind of retribution or absolution in highlighting the faces of war criminals, the latter attempting to expose the repressive uses of a state’s definition of “a crime.”

  1. Gloria Bornstein
    Don’t Run From a Man Named Climax
    Seattle, WA: Bornstein, 1985
  2. Jacquelyn Black
    Last Meal
    Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 2003
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  3. Sally Alatalo
    Du Da
    Chicago, IL: Sara Ranchouse Publishing, 1989
    size unknown
  4. Charlotte Haslund-Christensen
    Who’s Next?
    Copenhagen: Space Poetry, 2012
    Out of stock
  5. Robert Beck
    The Ballad of Earl King
    New York, NY: CRG Gallery, 2001
  6. David Thorne
    Men in the News #33: Return of Repression
    Brooklyn, NY: Hot Water Publications, 1999
    size unknown
    Out of stock
  7. Dale Wittig
    Law & Order: Special Victim
    San Francisco, CA: Preprosperous Press, 2012
    Out of stock
  8. Enrique Santos
    The Mexican Suitcase
    Mexico City, Mexico: Landucci, 2012
    Out of stock
  9. Emily Goldface
    Season of Violence
    Oakland, CA: Sexdeathcult, 2011
    Out of stock
  10. Darrel Ellis
    Darrel Ellis
    New York, NY: Appearances Press, 1986
    Out of stock
  11. Rita McBride and Matthew Licht
    New York; New York; Vancouver, New York; New York; Canada: Inc., Whitney Museum of American Art, Arsenal Pulp Press and Printed Matter Inc., 2005
    size unknown
  12. Christian Patterson
    Redheaded Peckerwood
    London: MACK Books, 2012
    Out of stock
  13. Anonymous
    NY: NOWORK, 2011
    Out of stock
  14. Paul Schiek
    Dead Men Don’t Look Like Me
    Oakland, CA: TBW Books, 2011
Last updated 11/13/2013