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Goldin, Nan (Artist/Photographer) & Various Contributors. THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND. London, England: Phaidon Press, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New/As New.

Collection of photographs. The sequel-of-sorts to "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency", it is one of the greatest photography books of the new century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A stunningly beautiful production by Nan Goldin: Oversize-volume format. Pale gray cloth boards with black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Nan Goldin. Text by various contributors. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Italy to the very highest standards. In wraparound pictorial DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Nan Goldin's continuing exploration of what she has called "coupling" (by friends, colleagues, and lovers she came to know during her long stay in Europe) as well as previously unpublished photographs taken over a thirty-five year period. "Contains Goldin's recent photographs in narrative and thematic sequences such as 'Landscapes', 'Self-Portraits', 'Maternity', 'Heartbeat', 'My French Family', and '57 Days' as well as the drag-queen photos of the mid-1990's, the Cookie Mueller Portfolio of 1989, and unpublished images from 'The Ballad of Sexual Dependency' . Nan Goldin's photographs are intimate and compelling: They tell personal stories of relationships, friendships, and identity, and chronicle the passage of time" (Publisher's blurb). Richer, fuller, and more sexually explicit than "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency", it is also more lyrical and tender without losing the brutal honesty that is identified with Goldin. Susan Sontag commented that while Diane Arbus used the camera as a distancing, voyeuristic tool to show that there is another world, Goldin uses it oppositely, to implicate and "expose" (a lovely, multiple-meaning word) her subjects, herself, and their shared world. She sees photography as a vital connection to experience, to life, and even to Planet Earth ("The Devil's Playground" is a real place, in Death Valley, California). A "must-have" title for Nan Goldin collectors. This presentation copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "I miss the Philippines! I'm so glad you have my favorite book since 'The Ballad', Nan Goldin". There is no recipient named. The artist/photographer 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 on the occasion of the exhibition and acquisition of "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" by the Art Institute of Chicago. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only such signed and inscribed copy available online, with the most beautiful inscription we have ever seen, and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. Hundreds of color plates. Nan Goldin's "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" is regarded as the most important photography book since "Diane Arbus". One of the most influential living artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER NAN GOLDIN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0714842230. $500.00

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