Joe Brainard, If Nancy Was an Acid Freak, 1972, Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego, in Ken Johnson, Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art
I haven’t done psychedelics since 1974, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I could trip again by reading veteran New York Times art critic Ken Johnson’s newly released volume, Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art. At a cost of $55, this picture book simultaneously has the most gorgeous assortment of color reproductions of trippy art, including multiple works by Robert Colescott, Roger Brown, Inka Essenhigh, Ed Paschke and Artnet Magazine’s own Reverend Jen Miller, and the most dull, formulaic text imaginable, which can be absorbed in five minutes.