Title: CRISTINA DE MIDDEL "SELF PUBLISH, BE HAPPY" ...
Publisher: London, England: Self Publish/Be Happy Book Club, 2013
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 60 pages. Published in 2013. Artist Book. Volume 3 of the critically acclaimed "Self Publish, Be Happy" Photography Book Series. One of the most beautifully conceived and realized photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 250 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the regular trade edition that was published simultaneously with it. The Limited Edition sold out shortly before publication and is now rare. A brilliant production by Cristina De Middel: Regular-sized volume format. Red hard boards with black spine and hand-painted art on the cover, as issued. Each copy has unique, graffiti-inspired art on the cover. Color photographs by Cristina De Middel. "Add-ins" (the USCIS Immigration Form and New York Jets Game Card) inserted within the book. 7 X 5 inch original color print appended at the back. Printed on thick archival stock paper in London to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Cristina De Middel's Contribution to the "Self Publish, Be Happy" art photography book Series. "Challenges the archetype of street photography. Embodying the notion of the American Dream and the tingling sensation of collective fascination with such an iconic place, the book is something of an enigma and hints at a multilayered story. Through signifiers and visual clues, the viewer is invited to piece together the sum of its parts, as in a game or a puzzle" (Publisher's blurb). The puzzle, if it is one, is the immigrant dream of a stable, prosperous, and fulfilling life, which is also the American Dream. That an idealized America is the physical epicenter of this global dream (despite its undeniable racial, social, and cultural problems, which street photography at its best often captures) is not America's fault. Surely, there is a reason that no one in the world dreams of moving to Russia or China as an immigrant. All of Cristina De Middel's Artist Books are tender, loving, and yet unflinching re-imaginations of nationalist, immigrant-internationalist, and all other utopian dreams. Although we may find her Artist Books funny and parodistic, they are, strictly speaking, neither humor nor parody. Cristina De Middel celebrates the greatest ideas and ideals, however imperfect, that people everywhere believe in, live by, and if necessary, are also willing to die for: Nationalism (nation/states that people now identify with as the very essence of their being, whether they be American, Jewish, or Zambian), the United Nations (the most abstract and unrealizable of ideals), and socially conscious, humane societies. Hers is a hopeful vision rather than a nihilistic or skeptical one, and as such, is very rare indeed among all-knowing contemporary artists. An absolute "must-have" title for Cristina De Middel collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition of 250 copies, indicated/numbered as such on the Front Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Cristina De Middel. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Aside from the "add-ins" (the USCIS Immigration Form and New York Jets Game Card) that are randomly inserted within the book, it comes with a 7 X 5 inch color print that is appended at the back and is available only with the Limited Edition. This title is now collectible, an instant classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 60 color plates, 1 original color print. Cristina De Middel's "The Afronauts" is widely regarded as one of the greatest photography books of our time. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CRISTINA DE MIDDEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN B00CR1PQ90. Bookseller Inventory # 18705
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