Title: THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND - Rare Fine Copy of ...
Publisher: London, England: Phaidon Press, 2003
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2003. Collection of photographs. The sequel-of-sorts to "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency". One of the greatest photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A beautiful production by Nan Goldin: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Nan Goldin. Text by various contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. In wraparound pictorial DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Nan Goldin's "The Devil's Playground". Her continuing exploration of what she has called "coupling" (by friends, colleagues, and lovers she came to know during her long stay in Europe) as well as previously unpublished photographs taken over a thirty-five year period. "Contains Goldin's recent photographs in narrative and thematic sequences such as 'Landscapes', 'Self-Portraits', 'Maternity', 'Heartbeat', 'My French Family', and '57 Days' as well as the drag-queen photos of the mid-1990's, the Cookie Mueller Portfolio of 1989, and unpublished images from 'The Ballad of Sexual Dependency' . Nan Goldin's photographs are intimate and compelling: They tell personal stories of relationships, friendships, and identity, and chronicle the passage of time" (Publisher's blurb). Richer, fuller, and more sexually explicit than "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency", it is also more lyrical and tender without losing the brutal honesty that is identified with Goldin. Susan Sontag commented that while Diane Arbus used the camera as a distancing, voyeuristic tool to show that there is another world, Goldin uses it oppositely, to implicate and "expose" (a lovely, double-meaning word) her subjects, herself, and their shared world. She sees photography as a vital connection to experience, to life, and even to Planet Earth ("The Devil's Playground" is a real place, in Death Valley, California). An absolute "must-have" title for Nan Goldin collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "I miss the Philippines! I'm so glad you have my favorite book since 'The Ballad', Nan Goldin". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. The artist/photographer returned to the United States after living in Europe for the greater part of the previous decade (2000-2006). She made a very rare, sensational Chicago appearance on the occasion of the exhibition and acquisition of "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" by the Art Institute of Chicago. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Hundreds of color plates. Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" is regarded as the most important photography book since "Diane Arbus". One of the most influential artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NAN GOLDIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0714842230. Bookseller Inventory # 11265
Synopsis: THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND is the most significant book published to date on Nan Goldin (b. 1953), one of the most prominent and influential contemporary photographers. It contains Goldin's latest works alongside earlier classics, including images from new series such as ELEMENTS, 57 DAYS, STILL ON EARTH, and FROM HERE TO MATERNITY, many of which are published here for the first time. This book is an intimate and compelling photographic portrait, telling personal stories of relationships and identity while chronicling different eras and the passage of time. Goldin's photographic sequences are interspersed with texts, poems, and lyrics by prominent writers.
About the Author: Nan Goldin was born in 1953 in Washington, DC. She grew up there and in Boston, where she began to take photographs at the age of 15. In 1978 she moved to New York and then to Berlin where she lived and worked from 1991 to 1993. She currently lives and works in Paris. Since the early 1970s, Goldin has taken numerous photographs of her friends and 'family', which form a unique corpus of work. She is most famous for her Ballad of Sexual Dependency photographs, a constantly changing slide show of approximately 750 photographs set to music. Goldin's life and friends became the focus of her work - a diary of friends and lovers in Europe and America, in the underground and gay scene. Since the 1980s Goldin's photographs have been exhibited internationally, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museu Reina Sofia in Madrid.
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