Title: SCENE - Rare Pristine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Powerhouse Books, 2013
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 136 pages. Published in 2013. Retrospective collection of portrait-photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books on the art and artists of the last quarter of the 20th century. 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 brilliant production by PowerHouse: Oversize-volume format. Red hard boards with white titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs with accompanying Captions by Jeannette Montgomery Barron. She is that rare bird: A photographer who is also a fine writer. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which features the young Willem Dafoe on the cover, and with red titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jeannette Montgomery Barron's "Scene". The finest photographic album of a seminal artistic era: Portraits of the artists of the 1980's. While some of them (notably, Warhol) were already world-famous, many more were not, but were on the verge of their decisive, all-important breakthroughs. Barron also photographed some of their muses, lovers, and patrons. "A remarkable compendium of portraits of renowned personalities of the most exciting era of NYC underground culture, the 1980's. A veritable time capsule of NYC when the young and indomitable flocked downtown in search of places to work and live among like-minded collaborators. These musicians, filmmakers, painters, writers, fashion designers, publishers, actors, models, and photographers played together, worked together, and made their own rules, and changed our culture forever. Fragile young souls, fearless in their desire to remake the art world in their likeness, and a poignant memento of those lost too early" (Publisher's blurb). Aside from Warhol, the luminaries include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe (all dead), Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, Jenny Holzer, Cindy Sherman, Kathryn Bigelow (of "Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty" fame), and William Burroughs. "We look so young. We were so young" (Rene Ricard). He should know. This is his second project on the whole Zeitgeist, the first one, David Armstrong's "Night And Day" (2012), being about the end of the Seventies and the beginning of the Eighties. There are no comparable photographs of the key figures of this artistic scene elsewhere: Intimate without being intrusive, affectionate without being maudlin, and indelible. An absolute "must-have" title for Jeannette Montgomery Barron and contemporary art collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Jeannette Montgomery Barron. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. She launched the book in New York City during which event her signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed 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. 73 black-and-white plates. Some of the most brilliant artists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO ANGELIKA PLATEN'S "PLATEN ARTISTS" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1576876241. Bookseller Inventory # 18068
Synopsis: "We look so young. We were so young."
Scene is a remarkable compendium of portraits of renowned personalities from arguably the most exciting era of New York City underground culture, the 80s?a veritable time capsule of NYC when the young and indomitable flocked downtown in search of places to work and live among like-minded collaborators. These musicians, filmmakers, painters, writers, fashion designers, publishers, actors, models, and photographers played together, worked together, and made their own rules, and changed our culture, as we know it, forever.
Scene is photographer Jeannette Montgomery Barron's album of that exciting and innovative era; her life in New York in the 80s was filled with the early light of dawn after nights spent dancing at Area, the Palladium, or the Mudd Club, vodka and cigarette-fueled dinners at the Odeon, salon-style lunches at Andy Warhol's Factory, and mornings working out at the gym with Bianca Jagger. Montgomery Barron's first portrait of Francesco Clemente was followed soon after by one of Andy Warhol, which led to portraits of friends Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. In rapid succession, she photographed all the icons and luminaries of the era including Willem Dafoe, Julian Schnabel, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jenny Holzer, Cindy Sherman, Kathryn Bigelow, George Condo, William Burroughs, and many more.
Scene is a beautiful collection of fragile young souls, fearless in their desire to remake the nightlife and the art world in their likeness, and a poignant memento of those lost too early.
About the Author: Jeannette Montgomery Barron was born in 1956 in Atlanta and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. She became known for her portraits of the New York art world in the 1980s, which were later published in Jeannette Montgomery Barron (Edition Bischofberger, Zurich, 1989). She is also the author of Photographs and Poems, a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham (Scalo, 1998), Mirrors (Holzwarth Editions, 2004), Session with Keith Haring, and My Mother's Clothes (Welcome Books, 2010). Montgomery Barron's photographs were published in Interview, Vanity Fair, Details, and Vogue, in gallery catalogs, and museum catalogs. Her works are in numerous public and corporate collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Kunsthaus, Zurich; and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.
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