Publisher: Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 107819
First edition, first printing. Signed by Ruscha, Cline and Breskin. Hardcover. Black recycled/regenerated leather covered boards with title debossed on covers and spine, with inset dime on front cover and red and blue satin page-marker ribbons; no dust jacket as issued, with die-cut black padded cardboard slipcase that reveals the both the text on the book covers and the dime. Paintings by Ed Ruscha. Music by Nels Cline. Ghazals (poems) by David Breskin. Includes four compact discs (2 each by Cline and Breskin). Designed by Mark Fox and Angie Wang / Design Is Play. 152 pp., with 66 four-color plates beautifully printed in Germany by Steidl, Göttingen. 12-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches. This first edition was limited to 2500 copies.
New in publisher's packaging.
From the publisher: "DIRTY BABY presents a provocative trialogue between the paintings of Ed Ruscha, the music of Nels Cline, and the poetry of David Breskin. The title refers to the fact that when different art forms mate, there is never a purebred offspring, but rather a muttish and raunchy one: gloriously dirty. The sixty-six pictures in the book are drawn from two bodies of work, the Silhouettes and the Cityscapes. In these works, Ruscha uses censor strips in place of the words or phrases which characteristically occupy a prominent place in his pictures. Their very obfuscation gives the missing words a powerfully subversive presence: language is emphasized even as it is obscured. Breskin has divided the book into two 'sides' in the manner of a vinyl record. Side A presents a kind of 'time-lapse' history of Western Civilization. Side B returns to the cradle of that civilization, charting the American misadventure in Iraq. For his poetic form, Breskin uses the ancient Arabic ghazal, a perfect foil and fencing partner for Ruscha's language-sensitive strategies. To this mix, Cline adds music for a large ensemble: at once lyrical and edgy, heartfelt and raucous, his music ranges from acoustic impressionism to dense, dark electronica."