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Messer, Sam

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ISBN 10: 0963843362 / ISBN 13: 9780963843364
Published by Hard Press, 1995
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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essays by Denis Johnson and Red Lips. red cloth covered boards, gold illustration at front, gold titles at spine, minimal wear, edges and corners neat. book body clean and tight, inscribed by Messer to "Mal" and "Peter" at flyleaf, vertical stain at front endpaper near spine (from binding glue?) else entirely clean. red dj with color illustration at front, lightly edgeworn, several small tears at upper corners, else neat, protected in brodart wrapper. Inscribed. Bookseller Inventory # 6812

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Publisher: Hard Press

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Decorated Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good +

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ncredible, sensitive and empathetic portraits of one of American Outsider Art's self made myths, Jon Serl. The narrative reveals the humanity of the sitter as well as his uncompromising personality which leaves us spiritually richer, if uncomfortably aware of our mortality.

From the Author:

One achievement of Sam Messer's portraits is this: That we turn from them, look out our windows, and understand that we're seeing people, some of whom believe they've visited intergalactic electronics factories at the center of the moon, people who wear tinfoil hats to shield their brains from demonic messages, people who eat only raw unshucked corn or worship potatoes that resemble Elvis Presley or make pilgrimages to see tortillias that bear the face of Jesus Christ-and that in seeing them we get willing to understand that somebody like that is who we originally and truly are. Each of us, but overlaid by the lash marks of a conventional education Denis Johnson (from the introduction)

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