publication

The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection

Foreword by David A. Ross; interview with Kent and Vicki Logan by Janet Bishop; essay by Heather Whitmore Jain

44 pages, 7 ¾ x 9 inches, hardcover

Published in 2000

The third in a series of books focusing on rich thematic veins in the collection of Kent and Vicki Logan, this publication highlights a trend among contemporary artists to appropriate and transform childhood-related imagery. Toys, cartoon characters, dolls, and childhood fantasies abound in the illustrated works — and while many of these images are typically associated with childhood happiness, others implicate issues of violence in society and cultural identity. The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection features a conversation with the Logans by curator Janet Bishop, an essay by curator Heather Whitmore Jain, and illustrations of works by Shonagh Adelman, J. D. Beltran, Takashi Murakami, and Laurie Simmons, among others.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Darker Side of Playland: Childhood Imagery from the Logan Collection, held at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (September 1, 2000–January 2, 2001)

ISBN 0918471605 (hardcover)