Title: CITYSCAPES II: UNTITLED IMPRESSIONS BY ...
Publisher: Stickney, IL: Galerija, 1996
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 166 pages. Published in 1996. The photographer's second retrospective collection on subject. The companion volume to his first collection, "Cityscapes". The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run by an art gallery as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Vincas Lukas: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Algimantas Kezys. The images are divided into seven wordless thematic chapters. Except for his brief Preface, there is no text. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Algimantas Kezys' "Cityscapes II". Photographs taken throughout the world (none of them named), "fragmented abodes", which is Algimantas Kezys' poetic description of place. Man creates space to achieve inner peace: "Contemplation is what we are talking about here, pure vision, delightful seeing. We do not have to ask questions, reason, puzzle or discourse. It is enough to behold, to be quiet, to admire. And from this seeing, our own vision is enriched, our own spirit is enlarged" (George A. Lane). Born in Lithuania, Algimantas Kezys came to the United States as a young man and then travelled all over the world again as a photographer. His work is in the Permanent Collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, among other major museums. By the time of this book's publication, Algimantas Kezys had left the priesthood to devote himself full-time to photography, enjoying national and international success as the founder of Galerija, which promoted the art of Lithuania and Eastern Europe throughout the world. Life had come full circle for the priestly traveller. Only someone of his background and training could take these photographs everywhere and yet feel that, wherever he is, he is never Abroad but always Home. Algimantas Kezys died on February 23, 2015 at the age of 87, after a life lived to the fullest. An absolute "must-have" title for Algimantas Kezys collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in blue pen on the half-title page by Algimantas Kezys. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. 100 plates. One of the most accomplished American photographers of the 20th century. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALGIMANTAS KEZYS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1886060045. Bookseller Inventory # 8527
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