Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press in association with Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS), 2005
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 106580
First edition, first printing. Deluxe limited edition of 100 signed and numbered copies, with an original, signed, 8-1/2 x 7-inch color print mounted on a unique sheet of 11 x 8-1/2-inch antique paper, and finished with a high-gloss varnish. The print is signed in black ink in the lower margin by Mills, and is accompanied by a laid-in statement printed in letterpress and signed and numbered in pencil by Mills. The book is signed in ink verso title page by Mills. Hardcover. Rich felt-covered green bevel-edge boards with title stamped in gilt on cover, quarter-bound in green faux alligator skin, with all edges gilt; no dust jacket as issued. The print and book are housed in a rich black felt-covered clamshell box with Mills-derived animalian silhouette debossed on cover. 32 pp., with 26 four-color plates gorgeously printed with a lush double varnish. Book measures 11-5/8 x 8-3/4 inches; clamshell box measures 13 x 9-5/8 inches.
New in publisher's packaging (book, print and clamshell box all in flawless, pristine condition).
From the publisher: "'With the photomontages, Mills uses techniques to convince us that the surreal is real. Ordinary daily rituals are suddenly transfigured by our worst fears. Reality is out of control. Fears that we usually suppress may not be baseless... the [images] exist on the edge of horror and beauty.' -Anne Wilkes Tucker. Joseph Mills's first monograph, Inner City, was published by Nazraeli Press in 2003 to wide critical acclaim. The Loves of the Poets, featuring the artist's beautifully raw, disturbingly seductive collages, is a work of art unto itself...[T]his gorgeous artist's book features twenty-six collages that seem to be on the verge of complete revelation but time and again leave the viewer on a suspended note. The success of these images, in the words of Tucker, 'lies in the fact that they are anchored in reality just enough so that we are on the edge between surreality and reality.' The Loves of the Poets brings the marriage of artist and book to a new level."