Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2002
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113640
1999/2002. First edition, second printing. Signed in black ink on the title page by van Dongen. Hardcover. Fine black hand-bound cloth, with black and white plate tipped in the front cover, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Ron van Dongen. Introduction by Steven Jenkins. 56 pp. with 30 duotone plates, printed on fine matt paper. 16 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches. This second printing of the first edition was limited to 1000 hardbound copies.
Fine (slight sunning to spine).
From the publisher: "The first edition of Alba Nero sold out upon publication in 1999, and we are delighted to announce this timely reprint of Ron van Dongen's first monograph of large-scale floral still lifes. Alba Nero presents thirty of van Dongen's powerful and exquisite images, beautifully printed in duotone in an oversized hardcover format. In his formally seductive series of botanical studies, van Dongen unearths floral secrets and prickly symbols of our alternately nurturing and perilous relationship with nature. He shows us flowers as resourceful and delicate, decorative and essential, sacred and sensual, life force and death knell -- and always suggestive of all that is beyond our tethered reach. Plucked from their backyard habitat and brought indoors, these dazzling arums, anemones and papavers are isolated or paired for the camera as emblems of a postmodern struggle between nature's vagabond wilderness and culture's manipulation of its blithe freedom. Van Dongen's work has been widely shown in the US and abroad, and is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston."