Title: Ed Ruscha, Photographer--Signed
Publisher: Steidl Publishing
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition : Signed.
Flat signed on endpaper by Ed Ruscha in large flowing script. Small quarto hardcover in bright red cloth with large white lettering: tight and straight spine/binding, pages are bright and crisp, the covers are unworn and a FINE copy. "Ed Ruschaís relationship to photography is complex and ambivalent. The world-class painter--and author of a 1972 New York Times article called 'I'm Not Really a Photographer'--has been known to refer to his work in this second medium as a hobby, despite considerable, persistent critical interest. Whether he likes it or not, the small albums of plainly-shot, snapshot-sized images he produced in the 1960s and 70s, including Twenty-Six Gasoline Stations, intrigued his contemporaries and earned him an unshakable reputation. How? His subject matter was neither purely documentary nor solely artistic, in fact it was stereotypical and banal, with motifs drawn from the car-dominated western landscape. That rebellious material, along with his serial presentation, made for a mythical road-movie or photo-novel effect with Beat Generation overtones. The combination attracted artists and critics both, especially while serial logic was prominent in Pop art and Minimalism, and then retained that interest later as serial work became prominent in Conceptual art. Critics have remained attentive for decades, and Ruschaís influence remains apparent in new work in Europe and North America. Ed Ruscha, Photographer departs from earlier collections to explore how these images--and all of Ruschaís work in disciplines including painting, drawing, printmaking and photography--are guided and shaped by a single vision." ; 0.79 x 10 x 8.03 Inches; 183 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 18856
Synopsis: Hªl ne Cixous, the contemporary French philosopher with whom Roni Horn has collaborated on previous work, argues for a new language, one that acknowledges the life-giving force of the feminine. In tribute to Cixous, Horn, a major American photographer and sculptor, has created Index Cixous, which questions the nature of language in its most fundamental sense, in part by proposing a new language, one without words, but which can be read as any other. A signed and numbered limited edition of 100.
About the Author: Roni Horn was born in 1955 in New York, where she continues to live and work. Since earning her MFA from Yale University in 1978, she has shown her sculptures, installations and photographs extensively throughout the world. She has had solo exhibitions at the Dia Center for the Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Her recent publications include Dictionary of Water, Cabinet of, Wonderwater (Alice Offshore), and Index Cixous (Cix Pax).
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