This thin volume of Brancusi's photographs, of his own sculptures, his studio, and occasionally of himself, are some of my favorites. They hover between pictures-of and pictures-in-themselves in a way hard to conceive of when the subjects are famous works of art. They have a strong character, often revealing the physical flaws of the materials seen, as well as those in the photographic negative itself. But they are straightforward, with their subjects set mostly in the center of the frame and lit directly, however, this studio condition doesn't render them innocuous. On the contrary, wooden works, lit from in front and often a little too low, cast strong strange shadows, and the metal sculptures are often placed in such a way that the glow of the light's reflection partially obscures the object. They are every bit as uncompromising and oblique as those made by his contemporary and friend Man Ray. I became aware that he was a photographer several years ago as I was first moving my own photographic practice into the studio. I have bought all three books I can find on the subject but this one is the best thus far. The Sculptor As Photographer is overwhelming for exactly what it advertises - that one of the 20th century's greatest sculptors was also one of the best photographer's of his generation. The Hilton Kramer essay is largely forgettable but the plates, prepared by Richard Benson of MoMA's "The Printed Picture" fame, are beautiful. Exhibition of 30 photographs by Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), from the collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Brancusi, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, was also a distinguished photographer: he used photography to document his work, but also saw it as a creative means attractive in its own right. The show wants to give insights into his work and the creation of his sculptures in the workshop by presenting these photos that are also works of art in their own right.
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Book Description Callaway Editions and David Grob, Lyme, CT and London, 1979. First edition. Softcover. Printed in an edition of 3000 copies in 300 line screen duotone by the Meriden Gravure Company. Essay by Hilton Kramer. Includes 25 black and white plates. A very good copy plus in wrappers that are very lightly soiled and with a former owner's small artistic stamp on the front free endpaper. Internally a very clean copy of this very attractive production. Bookseller Inventory # 152010
Book Description Callaway Editions, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1979. Illustrated Paper Wraps. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Softcover. Signed by author of essay on front free endpaper. Moderate soiling and marks to covers, small chip on rear cover at joint neat tail of spine. Slight curvature of book at foreedge. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 001395
Book Description Colloway Editions, Connecticut, 1979. Thin quarto in black and white soft covers; VG; minimal soiling on covers; signed on ffep; essay followed by 25 plates; shelved in photography section. Dupont. First limited edition (one of 3,000); signed by Hilton Kramer. Bookseller Inventory # 9-37-1261584
Book Description Jan 01, 1979. Book Condition: Good. Good clean copy with a tight binding. Cover, page end spotting. Bookseller Inventory # 16192
Book Description D. Grob, 1979. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P020935112006