Anya Phillips: Black & White - Portrait of James Chance
Anya Phillips, James Chance's former manager and girlfriend, took photo portraits of James from the late 70's until her death in 1981.
During the late 70's through the mid 80's in New York City, various combinations of factors such as experimental music, experimental video, performance art, and contemporary art burst forth and gave rise to the No Wave movement. In the middle of the vortex, occurring during that time of freewheeling stage performances and amidst the gathered public attention was the saxophonist James Chance. So too, his manager and lover Anya Phillips, the eponymous co-founder of the legendary nightclub, the Mudd Club, whose huge influence was echoing across the city's underground culture even as she left the world at the tender age of 26.
This one and only book of Anya’s photography uncovers the unknown face of the post-punk legend, which only his inseparable girlfriend could capture in the midst of turbulent times. The title also introduces contributions from Diego Cortez, James' old friend and Anya's former housemate, also a co-owner of the Mudd Club. The first to officially use the word “No Wave" in a formal context, the very person who curated the New York/New Wave exhibit at MoMA PS1 in 1981, Cortez recalls the fleeting, unforgettable days of James and Anya.
Title: Black & White - Portrait of James Chance
Publisher: Vacant, 2015
Author: Diego Cortez
Photographer: Anya Phillips
Graphic Design: Rya Takahashi
Format: Softcover w, Slipcase
Size: 23.5 x 18.8 cm, 60 pages
Edition: 500 copies