Publisher: New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113618
NOTE: This set includes one signed copy with several duplicate plates caused by one of the book's signature sections bound incorrectly. A correctly-bound, unsigned copy is included.
First edition, first printing. One copy is signed in black marker on the title page by Avedon. Hardcover. Leporello (accordion-fold, 10-1/2 x 272 inches when fully-opened), bound between two photographically illustrated laminated paper-covered boards, in a photographically illustrated slipcase; no dust jacket as issued. This accordion-fold book is printed on both sides, with Avedon's portraits on one side and the accompanying text on the other. Photographs and text by Richard Avedon. Foreword by Philippe de Montebello. Essays by Maria Morris Hambourg, Mia Fineman and Richard Avedon. Designed by Mary Shanahan. Unpaginated, with 33 tritone plates, and 23 additional black-and-white reference illustrations, exquisitely printed by Arti Grafiche Amilcare Pizzi, Milan from separations made by Martin Senn. 10-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches. Published on the occasion of the 2002 exhibition Richard Avedon Portraits, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Fine in Near Fine slipcases (some light bumps to corners; plates were arranged out of order in signed copy, and a correctly-bound unsigned copy is included).
From the publisher: "For over 50 years, Richard Avedon (b. 1923) has captured the creative genius of our time with dazzling insight and incomparable style. Spanning the artist's entire career, from the late 1940s through his most recent work, Richard Avedon Portraits offers a superb selection of his photographic portraits. With uncompromising directness, Avedon portrayed his subjects against a white background, with no extraneous details to distract from the essential specificity of face, gaze, dress, and gesture. This challenging innovation, coupled with the artist's intense interest in his subjects and mastery of his craft, resulted in mesmerizing portraits-among them Truman Capote, Willem de Kooning, Samuel Beckett, Francis Bacon, and Marilyn Monroe, as well as the uncelebrated Americans of his project, "In the American West"-that rival the greatest works in the portrait tradition. Richard Avedon Portraits is published to accompany a major exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. With its innovative accordion-style design and superb reproductions, the book is a virtual stand-alone mini-exhibition in its own right."