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Peter Fischli and David Weiss: Airports

Publisher: Zürich (Zurich): Edition Patrick Frey and Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, 1990
Edition: 1st Edition
Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 112629



First edition, first printing. Hardcover. Gray paper-covered boards with title printed in blue on cover and spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Fischli and Weiss. Unpaginated (88 pp.), with 40 four-color plates. 12 x 16-3/4 inches. [Cited in Andrew Roth, ed., The Open Book. (Göteborg, Sweden: Hasselblad Center in association with Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, Germany, 2004), and in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume II. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2006).]


Near Fine (very faint small damp stain and the slightest of sunning to 1-1/2 inches from spine on front and rear cover, else As New). An extremely rare Near Mint copy, with minimal and barely noticeable small band of sunning. This title is rarely found without significant sunning to the covers. This is the very finest example we have ever seen.


From Parr and Badger: "In Airports, [Fischli and Weiss] examine the means by which the 'Grand Tour' -- once the province of a privileged class -- has now become available to the common man.... However it is not the social aspect of airports that attracts the artists' attention, but the means of transport itself -- those silver birds sitting on the runways, waiting to whisk the global traveller off to another culture. Although airports are the gateways to other countries, they themselves, and the sleek jets, conform to a global, rather than local, model of culture. It is this that Fischli and Weiss take note of, revelling in the sameness of, rather than the differences between, airports -- staging posts between cultures, yet, like other aspects of the contemporary culture of consumerism, in themselves largely anonymous and devoid of culture."