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Deruytter, Wouter (Artist/Photographer) & Wood, John (Contributor). WOUTER DERUYTTER: COWBOY CODE. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 148 pages. As New/As New.

The photographer's fourth collection. Wouter Deruytter's very first title to be published in the United States. The first and only edition. The book is now very scarce. A brilliant production by James Crump and Elsa Kendall: Oversize-volume format. Brown cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Wouter Deruytter. Essay, "Youthful Elegance and the Masks of Destiny", by the great photography critic and scholar John Wood. Printed by EBS in Verona, Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents the immensely talented Belgian photographer's loving homage to the American cowboy and his way of life. The great American writer Annie Proulx ("Brokeback Mountain") has convincingly suggested that the cowboy may have a steady girlfriend or full-fledged wife, but his deepest bonds are with other men and as such, he often engages in regular, guiltless sex with another "ranch hand". Wouter Deruytter studied with Nan Goldin, Duane Michals, and Bruce Weber, and has steadily gained a considerable reputation in Europe. This book was intended in part to gain recognition for him in the United States. "Well-known for his images of people in the masks and costumes of their identities, from the time-traveling duo McDermott & McGough to drag queens to circus performers, Deruytter has turned his attention to the American West. For the past three summers, he has been photographing cowboys and small town rodeos in Montana. The rodeo cowboy is an omnipresent image in American culture, a modern-day folk hero and the subject of plays, movies, television, novels and all the other arts. But in these photographs from small, non-commercial rodeos, Deruytter brings to light a more homemade image than what we have become accustomed to. Deruytter's cowboys are not one-dimensional anachronisms: They tell a great mythic tale but they also suggest several historical parallels and force us to remember vanishing things we like to think of as permanent American values. They carefully document the small-town rodeo and ultimately they exude a sensuality and youthful elegance these cowboys may not be aware of. These are eloquent and sensual images that bring to light another side of the cowboy myth in America" (John Wood). A lovely collection, this is a "must-have" title for Wouter Deruytter collectors. This copy is very boldly and elaborately signed, placed, and dated (in the year of publication) in blue pen on the title page by the photographer: "Wouter Deruytter NYC 2000". This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of extremely few signed copies still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 70 duotone plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER WOUTER DERUYTTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1892041340. $150.00

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