Jimmy De Sana

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Jimmy De Sana (November 12, 1949 – July 27, 1990) was an American artist, and a key figure in the East Village punk art scene of the 1970s and 1980s.[1] De Sana's photography has been described as "anti-art" in its approach to capturing images of the human body, in a manner ranging from "savagely explicit to purely symbolic".,[2] William S. Burroughs wrote the introduction to his collection of photographs Submission which was self-published in 1980.[3] His work includes the album cover for the Talking Heads album More Songs about Buildings and Food.


  1. ^ De Sana, Jimmy. Submission: Selected Photographs, 1977-1978. New York: Scat Publications, 1979.
  2. ^ Grundberg, Andy. "Critic's Choice", New York Times 04 Jan. 1991.
  3. ^ "Guide to the Jimmy De Sana Papers, 1954-1997 (bulk 1977-1990) MSS 202", 05 Aug. 2009. Finding aid at Fales Library and Special Collections, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, New York: New York University.

Further reading[edit]

  • De Sana, Jimmy, Laurie Simmons, Roberta Smith, and William S. Bartman. Jimmy DeSana Los Angeles: A.R.T. Press, 1990. ISBN 0-923183-03-5
  • Grundberg, Andy, Jerry Saltz, and Jimmy De Sana. Abstraction in Contemporary Photography. Richmond: Anderson Gallery, 1989.
  • Hainley, Bruce. "Jimmy De Sana." Artforum International. 34(1995): 90-1.
  • Punk Art online version of catalogue for a 1978 exhibition at the Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC.