Feb 08, 2024 - Sale 2658

Sale 2658 - Lot 60

Price Realized: $ 312
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750


United States Part II / A Performance Laurie Anderson.
Offset lithograph poster. 412x560 mm, 16¼x22 inches. 1980.

"Her 90-minute tour de force was an evocative monologue combining futuristic hardware and old-fashioned lyricism. The march of language was interspersed and occasionally tightened with a fluid techno-reggae pulse that never seemed remote. Imagination slowed continuously into performance; intelligence challenged when it might have overwhelmed in less humanist hands. Laurie Anderson is a mercurial performer and a visionary innovator of the highest order" (Washington Post, February 2, 1981).

"Laurie Anderson's production United States Part II received a considerable amount of coverage in the New York press in the last week of October 1980, with reviews in The New York Times and the Village Voice as well as an extensive cover story in the Soho News. The three or so performances that were announced for the Orpheum Theatre on Second Avenue were extended for at least three more presentations. Although they varied each night, the spectators themselves seemed to consist of an unusual fusion of Soho intellectuals and East Village punk-rockers. All this confirmed an earlier assertion by many critics that Laurie Anderson, despite the relative infrequency of her work, is now the best-known performance artist in New York" (The Drama Review, Women and Performance Issue, June, 1980, vol. 24 No. 2, p. 51).