JUAREZ [A Work in Progress by Terry Allen]. 1989 Institute of Contemporary Art Silkscreen Poster. [Designers]: JUAREZ [A Work in Progress by Terry Allen]. Boston: Institute of Contemporary Art, . Original edition [less than 300 copies].Split fountain screenprint on medium weight chipboard. Small soiled area from tape residue to lower edge [see scan], otherwise a fine example.
14 x 22-inch (35 x 56 cm) poster designed by Terry Allen, Gillian Levine, David Ross and Randall Ross for a multimedia presentation at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA on March 22-23, 1989. The performance featured projected photography by Douglas Kent Hall, and a live performance by Jo Harvey Allen, accompanied by a truncated Panhandle Mystery Band: Terry Allen, Lloyd Maines, Richard Bowden, and Donnie Maines.And a good time was had by all. Allow us to quote extensively from James Sullivans 2016 Rolling Stone essay Terry Allen Resurrects Iconic Concept Album Juarez: Terry Allen, painter, sculptor, writer and musician, was once asked his definition of art. He thought a moment and replied, To get out of town.
Though Lubbock, Texas, where he grew up, was home to Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings, Allen still couldnt wait to get the hell out. Inspired by On the Road and rock & roll, he hit the highway, attending art school in L. Then teaching at Berkeley and in Fresno. But wherever he roamed, he just couldnt get the High Plains of Texas off his mind.He was haunted, as he has often said, by a small group of tragic characters that grew in his imagination. He made art about them, wrote songs about them. Given the opportunity, he cut an album by the seat of his pants about them. The first edition numbered 50. More than 40 year later, Allen is still haunted by Sailor, Spanish Alice, Jabo and Chic, the star-crossed couples of Juarez, a concept album that has often been called an outlaw classic.
To Allen, its nothing more than a bunch of strange saloon songs, and nothing less than the centerpiece of his lifes work. Juarez is being reissued this week in a deluxe set, with reprinted paintings and photos and insightful essays (including one by Dave Hickey), on the Paradise of Bachelors label. When Allen first wrote his story in a fever dream, he had no idea it would live on for most of his own lifetime.
The record, in and out of print, has inspired a stage show, a radio play, collaborations with David Byrne and more. It kind of snuck out of the ooze, Allen says with a laugh. When the proprietor of a small press in Chicago offered to package a set of Allens lithographs with an LP, he lined up a few mornings of studio time at Wally Heiders in San Francisco. His cousin was road manager at the time for Jefferson Airplane, who kept space in the studio. We stayed up all night so we wouldnt feel like wed just woken up, Allen says of the cheap, unwanted times he booked.One thing the Juarez story stood little chance of becoming, surprisingly enough, was a movie, he says. Thats because he could never envision the characters as people. I couldnt see their faces. I always thought of them as climates, moving across geography, crashing into one another. They were just like these ghosts moving through space.
Allen has recorded several more records since the 1979 release of his second classic, the double album Lubbock (on everything), which Paradise of Bachelors will reissue later this year. As an artist, his work is featured in the collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA and other prestigious institutions.
As a sculptor, he has installed public (and sometimes controversial) art in San Francisco, San Diego and Kansas City, to name a few. Inevitably, though, hell always return to Juarez. Allen has lived for years in Santa Fe with his wife, actress Jo Harvey Allen (who played the Lying Woman in Byrnes film True Stories, claiming she wrote most of Elviss songs).
They recently took a second home in Austin, where their two sons live. Ones a musician, the others an artist: Epic double f-up, Allen says, laughing.
For a time he and Jo Harvey owned an old whorehouse in Marfa, Texas, but the drive from Santa Fe proved too grueling. Wed sit on the porch and say, Well never get rid of this place,' says Allen. Then halfway back to Santa Fe wed say, Weve got to get rid of that place. The Allens have been married for 53 years.Shows how long two people can misunderstand each other, he jokes. Shes from Lubbock too, so in a sense, theyve never really left. Though Juarez has been compared to Willie Nelsons Red Headed Stranger as one of the great country concept albums, Allen has little interest in any kind of movement, outlaw or otherwise. Hes always followed his own road.
Grim, funny, epic and intimate all at once, Juarez belongs in a genre unto itself. I have been called so many types of artist and songwriter, it just doesnt mean anything, he says. Its about what you do.
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