Title: NO MAN'S LAND: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF LYNNE ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Thames And Hudson, 2001
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 160 pages. Published in 2001. The artist/photographer's first retrospective collection. The first and only edition. Published simultaneously in the United Kingdom and the United States as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Lynne Cohen: Oversize-volume format. Black hard boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Lynne Cohen. Text and Interview by Ann Thomas. Preface by Pierre Theberge and William A. Ewing. List of Plates, Chronology, List of Exhibitions, Selected Bibliography, and invaluable Index appended at the end. Printed on pristine-white, thick glossy stock paper by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which features one of the photographer's most celebrated works, and white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Lynne Cohen's "No Man's Land". Some of the American artist/photographer's most powerful images from the 1970's through the turn of the new century. Cohen began her career as a successful sculptor, then turned to photography full-time in 1971. She has never looked back even though she retained one crucial aspect of modern sculpture: The installation. Like many other artists and photographers, Lynne Cohen scrounges around for archival, vintage, and "found" photographs "from the real world", and then re-assembles them as her own coolly sensuous "artificial" installations. It is her Duchamp-inspired celebration and critique of the world we live in and how it came to be that way. She is concerned with "psychological, sociological, intellectual, and political artifice, and her pictures reveal a preoccupation with deception, manipulation, and control. These are images that force us to ask ourselves what kind of world we have made" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Lynne Cohen collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Lynne Cohen. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Cohen's signature on this copy is vintage and is one of the best we have ever seen: Assured, flowing, and elegant. Towards the end of her life (she died in 2012), Cohen carried on despite her severely debilitating illness; her signature became unsteady but was still legible, and as a trace of her, quite moving as such. This title is a late-modern art photography classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 120 plates. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LYNNE COHEN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0500542406. Bookseller Inventory # 8990
"No Man's Land" is a surreal and terrifying place. It is a world empty of the living, consisting entirely of strange, often sinister interiors: spas that look like forensic laboratories; classrooms that fill us with vague, unsettling fears; offices; military installations; mortuaries....We know that human beings people these places, but they have scurried away, leaving behind nothing but desks, machines, instruments, walls, ceilings, floors, lighting?the impersonal, neutral artifacts of modern existence. An air of claustrophobia hangs over everything: there is no way in and no way out of these stifling spaces, either physically or ideologically. We need a good deal of persuading that these extraordinary environments actually exist in the real world. But they do. And for thirty years the photographer Lynne Cohen has been searching them out and recording them.
About the Author:
Ann Thomas is Curator of the Photographs Collection at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Among her books are No Man's Land: The Photography of Lynne Cohen; Beauty of Another Order, which won the Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award in 1998; and Lisette Model.
William A. Ewing was Director of the Musée de l?Elysée in Lausanne from 1996 to 2010. His many publications on photography include The Body (1994), Face: The New Photographic Portrait (2006) and Arnold Newman: Masterclass (2012).
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