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Joshua Machat

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Daniel Johnston

Texts by Philippe Vergne, Jad Fair, and Harvey Pekar

Interview with Daniel Johnston

 Hi, how are you? Daniel Johnston, 1983

 Daniel Johnston only ever dreamt of two things: to be a rock star and a famous artist.  Amazing enough, he succeeded at both.  Today, Johnston is a prolific visual artist and a legend among indie circles where his charmingly odd songs have inspired a generation of song writers.  Rizzoli is pleased to announce this most comprehensive book on Johnstons artwork to date.

Johnston has recorded over ten full-length albums, and his supporters have included Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, who was often seen wearing a Daniel Johnston t-shirt, Matt Groening, The Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth, noted Minutemen/FIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Beck, The Flaming Lips, and an ever-growing international cult audience.  His artwork was recently featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, the same year of the feature-length documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.

Johnstons pen and colored marker drawings contain a range of characters, some benign or heroic, and others quite disturbing.  In his complex world, good battles evil attended to by an assortment of visually playful characters.  Johnstons interior life is also informed by his conservative Christian upbringing, and filled with depictions of biblical vengeance and salvation.  Looking at his work, the viewers are reminded of Heironymous Bosch as much as DC Comics.

 Daniel Johnston contains over 150 full color illustrations, mostly taken from the artists personal archives, including many that have never been published. There is also commentary and analysis by the Walker Art Centers Philippe Vergne, alt-rock luminary Jad Fair, and comic legend, Harvey Pekar.

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Philippe Vergne, newly appointed director of the DIA Art Foundation, was formerly chief curator and associate director of the Walker Art Center and co-curated the 2006 Whitney Biennial, in which Johnstons work was also included.  Jad Fair is an alt-rock elder statesman who led the influential band, Half-Japanese.  Harvey Pekar is the author of the influential underground comic book series, American Splendor.

 Find out more about Daniel Johnston at: http://www.hihowareyou.com/

 Credit line must run as follows: Daniel Johnston, Rizzoli, 2009.  No images may be reproduced in any way, published, or transmitted digitally, without written permission from the publisher.

Please contact Joshua Machat for images to accompany your coverage at (212) 387-3410 or jmachat@rizzoliusa.com.


Texts by Philippe Vergne, Jad Fair, and Harvey Pekar

Interview with Daniel Johnston

356 pages / 9 x 11 / 250 color illustrations

HC with Jacket: ISBN: 978-0-8478-3149-4

$50.00 US / $57.50 CAN / 27.50 UK

Release date: February/March 2009