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Paul Graham


June 2000


Hardbound exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Paintings, which was a traveling exhibition of photographs depicting the extreme sexual graffiti, drawings, cancellations and erasures found in London’s cruising toilets. Viewed from a distance these seemingly abstract images of walls, doors and frameworks recall the post-war American painting of Rothko, Newman, Ryman, Rauschenberg or Twombly. As viewers, we expect the subtleties of color, light, and surface markings to be those of painted canvases. Upon a closer look, however, the abstract color fields reveal themselves to be photographic documents in which faint layers of obscene drawings and graffiti combine into uncensored expressions of the darkest desires – sexual offers, boasts, stories and fantasies.


Anthony Reynolds Gallery, Galerie Bob van Orsouw and Lawrenc Rubin/Greenberg Van Doren Fine Art, 2000
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN: 0-9677573-3-9