Based on the work of director and cult legend Timothy Carey (1929-1994), Dead Flowers features new scholarship on this brilliant actor and filmmaker. Carey wrote, produced, directed and starred in the 1962 feature The World’s Greatest Sinner, which was scored by Frank Zappa. Although the film did not have wide commercial release, it built its fervent fan base through repeated screenings at the “midnight movies” in Los Angeles in the 1960s. This publication will certainly appeal to film audiences but also interprets Carey’s cultural contributions through the lens of contemporary art, in works by Charles Atlas, Alvin Baltrop, Johanna Constantine, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Marti Domination, Scott Ewalt, Georg Gatsas, Brandon Olson, Kembra Pfahler, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Tabboo! (Stephen Tashjian) and Paul Thek. And documentation of project performances by Tabboo! & Brandon Olson, Cynthia Plaster Caster, Johanna Constantine, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Marti Domination & Beaut, and Kembra Pfahler. It contains texts by Johanna Fateman, Randal Wilcox, Douglas Crimp, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Gary Indiana, Romeo Carey, Vassily Bourikas, Antony, Max G. Morton, Doug McClemont, Alexandra Blatter, Bruce LaBruce, Michael Vannoy Adams, Vaginal Davis, Elisabeth Kley, Eileen Myles, Ed Halter, and Lia Gangitano.
This publication was produced in conjunction with a 2010 exhibition of the same name curated by Lia Gangitano of PARTICIPANT INC, and was generously supported by a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Exhibitions Initiative grant.
Edited by Lia Gangitano
260 pages, full color, $40