new-york

Jamie Reid

Josh Baer Gallery

"(please wash your hands before) Leaving the 20th Century,” the cryptic title of Jamie Reid’s 20-year retrospective, was the sort of too-clever but undeniably funny and provocative sloganeering one has come to expect from this subversive appropriator of imagery. Reid is, after all, the father of punk graphics. His magazine The Suburban Press, published in London in the early ’70s, and his later collaborations with Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols, helped to define the look and politics of the punk movements in England and America. Perhaps now, with punk safely ensconced as mainstream kitsch, and with the release of films such as Alex Cox’s Sid and Nancy (formerly titled Love Kills, 1986), nostalgia will erase the antiauthoritarian content of punk. Reid’s exhibition, however, not only provided a thorough review of one of the great pioneers of posthippie nastiness, but also helped one to

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