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PRINT October 1997

JACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: JACK SMITH IN RETROSPECT

Between opening the Hyperbole Photography Studio in an East Village storefront around 1957 and his return to black and white images around 1961 the legendary, filmmaker and performer Jack Smith produced an extraordinary body of color photography (the introduction of the C-print in the mid ’50s had made possible for artists to work affordably in color for the first time). Existing today primarily as negatives, Smith’s elaborately propped and populated tableaux have been newly printed on the occasion of his retrospective at New York P.S.1 Museum, which opens October 29. In the following pages, Artforum presents a first look at the prints and reminiscences of the artist’s life and work by seven friends and colleagues.