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Changing the Guard

Fred Cray

Published by 64, 2014
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SIGNED LIMITED EDITION. Hand numbered and signed by Cray from a limited edition of 200. This is 22/200. Book is Mint. Opened only for signature and photos. Issued without a dust jacket, the book is tight and straight with sharp tips. Mild curve to front board as received from publisher but clean and unmarked (see photos). Interior is pristine with no writing, bookplate, embossed seal or marks and not BCE, ex-library or remaindered. Each of the 200 books comes with at least three stamped original and numbered prints. This edition has FOUR. 106 pages. 8x10." 50 full color illustrations. Publisher's Description Changing the Guard is the second volume and a counterpoint to the overview first volume of the Unique Photographs project. These images were made by a single photograph of a museum guard being obsessively double printed over a wide range of images numbering well over fifteen hundred. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Changing the Guard
Publisher: 64
Publication Date: 2014
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: New

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Published by Fred Cray Studios, New York City, NY (2014)
ISBN 10: 1617042021 ISBN 13: 9781617042027
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Book Description Fred Cray Studios, New York City, NY, 2014. Book Condition: New. *Price HAS BEEN temporarily reduced by 10% until Monday, Aug. 21. Order now for BEST SAVINGS* signed by Cray, limited to 200 numbered copies, this being number 75, 49 color plates, color frontis., hardcover, NEW!!! Photos available upon request. Bookseller Inventory # ZB1013674

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Book Description 64, 2014. Color double-printed photographs by Fred Cray. (illustrator). First edition, one of 200 copies, signed by the author. Gray cloth with photo onlay to front panel. Fine in custom mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # Embry 152901

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Book Description New York City, NY: Fred Cray Studios, 2014. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2014. Artist Book. Collection of unique self-portraits. One of the most beautiful Artist Books of our time. Limited Edition of 200 numbered and signed copies. The first and only edition. An austerely elegant production by Fred Cray: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with photographic reproduction pasted in front and metallic-silver titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Photographically-based art by Fred Cray. There is no text. Two loose 4 X 6 unique postcards laid-in. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents, in a Limited Edition format, Fred Cray's "Changing The Guard". His most rigorous "Unique Photographs" project. The sly title refers to the fact that each of the images shows exactly the same self-portrait, which has been superimposed with another photographically-sourced image, rendering the self-portrait insignificant albeit ever-present, and resulting in a unique image because the artist has made only one of each. Cray calls each resulting image a "double-printed photograph", of which there will potentially be an infinite number "left out in the world as unique photographs". It's an ingenious idea (that uses a rudimentary process called superimposition) because it turns the photograph, the most easily reproducible medium, into something unique, literally one-of-a-kind. At the same time, Cray reminds us of the artwork's reproducibility by using the same self-portrait (when he could have used various other portraits, as most people would have done) and making each piece exactly the same 4 X 6 inch postcard size (when he could have produced different sizes, as again, most people would have done). It is, of course, precisely Cray's rigor to the point of static repetition that makes him an artist. You could say that while Cray is basically agreeing with Walter Benjamin's insight about "the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction", he is also dis-agreeing with it, by showing that despite its reproducible character, the photograph does not diminish or undermine an artist's ability to create a unique work of art that reflects his personal vision. Cray reminds us, pace Benjamin, that the most serious and ambitious contemporary art is increasingly more, not less, photographically-based. As Andy Grundberg has pointed out, these "painting-photographs" will be recognized as powerful and eloquent responses to the "objective" art of such figures as Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman. An esoteric, somewhat eccentric figure, Cray keeps American Surrealism and the very idea of art alive in our time, which desperately needs it. Fred Cray has not received the kind of recognition that he deserves because his art is quirkily personal. But he is The Real Thing: Thoughtful yet intuitive, and deeply moving. As such, he is an anomaly in the midst of industrial-scale, manufactured art. His time will come because it is on his side. An absolute "must-have" title for Fred Cray collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Edition of 200 numbered and signed copies, indicated/numbered as such on the Back Limitation Page. It is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by Fred Cray. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid in are two loose 4 X 6 inch unique postcard artworks. This is a beautiful Artist Book collectible. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates, 2 unique photographs. One of the most brilliant American artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER FRED CRAY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1617042021. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 19889

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