Matthew Marks Gallery



Essays by David Pagel and Joel Selvin, foreword by Dave Hickey, chronology by Jana Martin, statements by Ron Nagle

Hardback with jacket and CD
232 pages
214 images images
11½ × 9 inches; 29 × 23 cm
ISBN 9780979178719

Published by Silvergate Inc.

Years in the making, this definitive monograph presents nearly six decades of work by the pioneering ceramic sculptor Ron Nagle. The plates section features fifty-one sculptures made since 1958, all reproduced in full color. Critical essays by Joel Selvin and David Pagel and a foreword by Dave Hickey offer diverse perspectives on Nagle’s accomplishments as both an artist and a musician. An illustrated chronology provides an overview of his life and work, including his apprenticeship with ceramicist Peter Voulkos, his seminal role in San Francisco’s psychedelic music scene, his sound design for the film The Exorcist, and his obsessive devotion to intimately scaled sculpture.

Nagle’s irrepressible personality comes through in the book’s innovative design, which includes a jacket that unfolds into a poster of the artist dressed as his film hero Charlie Chan. Also included is a bonus CD of twenty-one songs spanning Nagle’s musical career, from the 1960s to the 2000s.