Publisher: San Francisco: Fraenkel Gallery, 2023
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113972
Price is net to all; promotional discounts do not apply.
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the half-title page by Friedlander. Hardcover. Full forest green cloth-covered boards, with offset reproduction mounted on the front cover; title stamped in lime green and orange on cover and spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Friedlander. Edited and Introduction by Joel Coen. Afterword by Frances McDormand. Graphic design by Katy Homans. 136 pp., with 70 tritone plates, beautifully printed by Trifolio, Verona, Italy. 12-3/4 x 11-3/4 inches.
The book accompanies exhibitions at both Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (May 6 to June 24), and in New York at Luhring Augustine (May 13 to June 24).
Lee Friedlander’s work is widely known for transforming our visual understanding of contemporary American culture. Known for passionately embracing all subject matter, Friedlander photographed nearly every facet of American life from the 1950s to the present. From factories in Pennsylvania, to the jazz scene in New Orleans, to the deserts of the Southwest, Friedlander's complex formal visual strategies continue to influence the way we understand, analyze, and experience modern American experience. Friedlander's work continues to influence photographic practice internationally, in part due to the heightened sense of self-awareness that is a trademark of so many of his photographs and in part because of his ability to embrace wide-ranging subject matter, always interpreting it in an elegance that hadn't existed prior to his work.
New (from Friedlander's personal archive).
From the publisher: "In his selection of 70 photographs by Lee Friedlander, acclaimed filmmaker Joel Coen focuses on Friedlander's beautifully strange sense of composition. In Friedlander's unmistakable style, images are off kilter and visually dense, bisected and carved by stop signs and utility poles, store windows and reflections, car doors and windshields or shadows and trees. "As a filmmaker, I liked the idea of creating a sequence that would highlight Lee’s unusual approach to framing -- his splitting, splintering, repeating, fracturing, and reassembling elements into new and impossible compositions," Coen writes.
Featuring work spanning more than 60 years, the book includes selections from some of Friedlander's most celebrated series, including The American Monument, America by Car, The Little Screens and others, arranged to draw connections between form and composition rather than subject. In an afterword, renowned actor Frances McDormand describes the bond between the two artists. Coen and Friedlander "hold mysteries that feel a bit connected," she writes. "They both capture and fill frames with sometimes simple and other times chaotically elaborate images that cause us all to wonder."