PRINT March 2003

’80s THEN

Ashley Bickerton

STEVE LAFRENIERE : In 1986 you were in the infamous neo-geo show at Sonnabend with Peter Halley, Meyer Vaisman, and Jeff Koons. It seemed as if the critics wanted to cast the four of you in total opposition to both neo-expressionism and the Pictures artists.

ASHLEY BICKERTON: That was probably all that united us. We were cool—or cold—and we were against “them.” The angry young men rebelling, and like all rebellions it was about taking control.

Ashley Bickerton and Roddy Bogawa in Bickerton’s studio, New York, 1988.

SL: Did the four of you have the idea of being shown together?

AB: No. It didn’t even have to be the four of us, it just turned out that way. That package was the result of quite a bit of maneuvering.

SL: What was your relationship with the others?

AB: I was probably the only one on speaking terms with all of them. Halley was looking at the situation from a much more ideological perspective. Vaisman was a great operator. And Jeff was always just

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