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Joel-Peter Witkin: Gods of Earth and Heaven (First Edition) [SIGNED]: WITKIN, Joel-Peter, BLAISDELL... Joel-Peter Witkin: Gods of Earth and Heaven (First Edition) [SIGNED]: WITKIN, Joel-Peter, BLAISDELL... Joel-Peter Witkin: Gods of Earth and Heaven (First Edition) [SIGNED]: WITKIN, Joel-Peter, BLAISDELL... Joel-Peter Witkin: Gods of Earth and Heaven (First Edition) [SIGNED]: WITKIN, Joel-Peter, BLAISDELL...

Joel-Peter Witkin: Gods of Earth and Heaven (First Edition) [SIGNED]

WITKIN, Joel-Peter, BLAISDELL, Gus, YAU, John

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ISBN 10: 0942642392 / ISBN 13: 9780942642391
Published by Twelvetrees Press, Altadena, California, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition, first printing. Boldly signed in black ink on the title page by Witkin. Hardcover. Fine black cloth-covered boards, with title stamped in gilt on spine and cross design stamped in silver on front cover, with black end papers and printed dust jacket. Photographs and drawings by Joel-Peter Witkin. Essays by Gus Blaisdell and John Yau, Afterword by Joel-Peter Witkin. Includes exhibition history and bibliography. 124 pp. with 52 two- and four-color plates on a matte coated paper stock. 13-1/4 x 10-1/4 inches. This first edition was limited to 5000 hardbound copies. Out of print. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket (light wear to the extremities; stray surface marks visible only in raking light). From the publisher: "The work is as controversial as ever. cadavers, transsexuals and animals are carefully arranged to create a mythology that could originate only in the imagination of this singular artist. The ten years work included in this collection were not reproduced in our first book of the artist's work." Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 107877

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Title: Joel-Peter Witkin: Gods of Earth and Heaven ...

Publisher: Twelvetrees Press, Altadena, California

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Book by Witkin, Joel-Peter


Once you have witnessed the dark, sensational visions of Joel-Peter Witkin, you will never be the same again. Witkin gets to you. Here you will encounter hermaphrodites, malformed bodies, Siamese twins, corpses, fetuses, cut-off heads, and self-torturers. Witkin's compositions go far beyond conventional "freak show" tableaux to achieve a sinister and dignified beauty, and he includes numerous art-historical references that add context and acerbic wit. This exquisitely produced collection of black-and-white photographs will take you, as Guy Blaisdell writes in an essay at the end of the book, into "a human afterworld ... one that comes before or after the death of this world--a place where the spirits of the dead live on by sitting as works of art for their portraits, descending into our moment and returning always to their identical selves." Warning: Not for those under 18 and/or easily disturbed.

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