With his signature humorous, surreal photographs of weimaraners, the creator of Man’s Best Friend glibly retells a much-loved story. Wegman poses his canine models in minimal sets; the dogs’ heads pop out of kitschy gowns and campy wigs, while human hands rather than paws project from the clothing. (In one scene a character extends a human foot with garish red toenails to try on the glass slipper.) The unkind stepmother, wearing a disheveled black wig, intimidates readers with a cold gaze; more winsome are Cinderella, exhibiting a shy dignity, and the prince, who wears a beseeching expression. Wegman even finds six liver-colored puppies to act as “coach horses” for Cinderella’s carriage. Attached to such arresting images, a lengthy–and only intermittently witty–text seems almost an afterthought, and may well be over children’s heads. Audiences have grown accustomed to cartoons featuring animals with human bodies, but this spooky parade of stiff characters treads a delicate line between the comic and the grotesque. While some readers will find it prepossessingly silly, others may feel unsettled or alarmed.

Essays include “The Gold-diggers of ’84: An Interview with General Idea”; “Different Strokes for Different Folks: An Interview with Van Schley,” and includes a bound in portfolio of loose elements; “Shuck and Jive: An Interview with Lowell Darling”; “… a kind of Huh? A interview with Edward Ruscha” and “Man Ray, Do You Want To… An Interview with William Wegman”.

Issue dedicated to video and performance art. Essays by Robin Winters: Joseph Beuys: “Public Dialogue,” A transcript of the first hour of Beuys’ first U.S. performance at the New School; William Wegman: “Pathetic Readings,” A complete transcript of Wegman’s first audiotape with video installation; Ulrike Rosenbach: “Isolation is Transparent,” Statements on her first live video performance in New York written by the artist; Chris Burden: “Back to You,” An interview on Burden’s first New York performance by Liza Bear; Dennis Oppenheim: “Recall,” An interview on Oppenheim’s video installation; Willoughby Sharp: “Help,” the Mighty Mogul interviews Sharp; “Moments at 112 Greene,” Photographs of audience and artists taken by Cosmos during the Videoperformance exhibition; Vito Acconci: “Command Performance,” An interview concerning this and other recent work by Bear; Keith Sonnier: “New York – L.A. Hook-up,” An interview about his video work by Bear and Richard Serra & Robert Bell; “Prisoner Dilemma,” Separate interviews with Serra and Bell by Bear on a two part video production (pre-recorded live) based on game theory.

Among the featured artists were Robert Morris, Vito Acconci, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Marisol, Nick Africano, John Baldessari, Jonathan Borofsky, Bill Beckley, Joan Brown, Chris Burden, Jim Dine, Ray Johnson, Lucas Samaras, Adrian Piper, William Wegman, Hannah Wilke, and others.

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