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Merry Alpern: Shopping

Publisher: Zürich (Zurich): Scalo Verlag, 1999
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 3908247152
Condition: Fine / Fine
Item #: 111203



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Red paper-covered boards; with photographically illustrated dust jacket. Video stills by Merry Alpern. 160 pp., with four-color plates throughout. 8-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches.


Fine in Fine dust jacket.


From the artist: "I was spending a lot of time in stores, mostly women's clothing stores, trying to distract myself from an impalpable sense of dread. Shopping trips began occupying increasing portions of my day as I searched relentlessly, trying to find something I really wanted, incapable of making a choice. I didn't know what I was supposed to look like anymore. I stood in my underwear with the others and performed the same choreographed movements of inspection. I scrutinized my image in the mirror and tried to discern a 'look.' Sometimes the hours invested resulted in a purchase, but the item was usually returned the next day. In the spring of 1997 I began to record my habits, going to the stores with a miniature surveillance camera in my purse. I videotaped through one of the eyelet cutouts and brought the random images home with me. Later, watching the activities on a monitor, I realized that my memories of the shopping experience conflicted with the camera's recordings. From these tapes, I made the stills for this book."