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Goldin, Nan (Artist/Photographer); Kertess, Klauss (Writer) & Editors of Artspace Series. DESIRE BY NUMBERS. San Francisco, CA: Artspace Books, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 56 pages. Fine.

Artist Book. The fourth title in the "Artspace Books" Series. A handsome uniform-look production by Artspace: Small-size volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Nan Goldin. Text by Klaus Kertess. Printed on archival stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Forum for contemporary artists. Collaborations of image and text by today's most innovative artists which challenge the culture in which we live and inscribe the vital social function of art. Features a debut short story by Klaus Kertess and gritty full-color photography by Nan Goldin taken on her visits to Thailand and the Philippines. There, the celebrated New York photographer took arresting photographs of adult male prostitutes that are slightly reminiscent of the breathtaking work Mary Ellen Mark did for their Indian female counterparts ("Falkland Road"). Nan Goldin's empathy and indeed, identification with her subjects is complete and has nothing to do with "social concerns". They are her adoptive friends and comrades, "the only people I wanted to meet in those countries". The "Artspace" Series is one of the most vital, cutting-edge Artist Book series in America today and has become collectible. A "must-have" title for Nan Goldin collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the front pastedown by the artist/photographer: "With memories of Manila. Love, Nan Goldin". There is no recipient named. The artist/photographer recently returned to the United States after living in Europe for the greater part of the last six years (2000-2006). She made a very rare, sensational Chicago appearance. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. 25 color plates. Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" is regarded by critics as the most important photography book since "Diane Arbus". One of the most influential living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NAN GOLDIN AND ARTSPACE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0963109537. $300.00

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