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Boltanski, Christian. SCRATCH. Cologne, Germany: Verlag Der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 10 pages. As New. Signed.

Artist Book. One of the greatest art photography books of the new century. Limited Edition of 200 signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with the regular trade edition. A stunning production by Christian Boltanski: Regular-sized volume format. Elegant metallic-silver hard boards with titles in front and back, as issued. Photographs selected and re-created by Christian Boltanski. Each page has a silver layer of coating that needs to be scratched off in order to uncover the image hidden underneath. Printed on thick coated stock paper and Pergamin translucent paper overlay with spider-web design in Cologne, Germany to the very highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Presents 10 images that were originally presented in a site-specific installation in Cologne, Germany. As a concept and as realized, "Scratch" is one of Christian Boltanski's most original creations. Peeling away a surface to reveal what is underneath it is easy compared to scratching it off. It is as if Boltanski were saying that we cannot really know the past unless we are prepared to dig deeper, and expend the effort to do so. One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century, Boltanski's impact on art and photography is finally being recognized. He began his career as a painter of huge canvases and then, facing a crucial personal crisis, abandoned painting permanently to pursue less conventional and more conceptual ways of creating art out of the debris of history and daily life objects. "Using the photograph as a central image of his work, Boltanski explores the perceived truth of the photograph, and how it is often used as a shield against death. Boltanski demonstrates the significance of the photograph to our understanding of memory, loss, and death". A masterpiece, this is a "must-have" title for Christian Boltanski collectors. This copy is one of a Limited Edition, and is prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the back cover by Christian Boltanski. This Limited Edition was not commercially distributed even in Europe and sold out upon publication. This is one of extremely few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 10 plates. Three of Christian Boltanski's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest artist/photographers of the 20th century. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3883755907. $400.00

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