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Boltanski, Christian (Artist/Photographer); Beil, Ralf & Assmann, Aleida (Contributors). CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI: TIME. Ostfildern-ruit, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. As New/As New.

Exhibition monograph presented as an Artist Book. One of the finest monographs on the art of Christian Boltanski. The title comes from Boltanski's classic site-specific installation, "Zeit" ("Time"), which serves as the exhibition's starting point. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Christian Boltanski: Oversize-volume format. Blue hard boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Art by Christian Boltanski. Essays by Aleida Assmann and Ralf Beil. Interview appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the very highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Institut Mathildenhohe Darmstadt from November 12, 2006 through February 11, 2007. Presents completely new work as well as previous work in a new light. "Christian Boltanski is one of the most important European contemporary artists working today, masterful at staging rooms and situations. His work in photography and installation, among other mediums, evokes primary concerns of human existence like lifespan, identity, body, death, and legacy: How will we be remembered? Christian Boltanski documents the artist's first comprehensive solo show in Germany after more than 10 years, which connects existing pieces with new creations in a unique installation transcending time and architecture. This monograph fathoms and examines the singular echo space of Christian Boltanski's art in philosophical, literary, and art-historical contexts" (Publisher's blurb). There is no artist or photographer, living or dead, who has pursued the project of The Archive with the same fervor, subtlety, and mournful beauty as Boltanski has. "I am for an art that is sentimental. I want to make people cry. Art should create emotions. The task is to create a formal work that is, at the same time, recognized by the spectator as a sentimentally charged object. Everyone will recognize their own history, their own world, which is more felt than perceived. The artist is someone who holds a mirror and those who look in the mirror recognize themselves but each one sees a different image" (Christian Boltanski). A "must-have" title for Christian Boltanski collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Christian Boltanski. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page. This is an Import title, had very limited distribution, sold out shortly after publication, and is now highly collectible. This is the only signed copy of the true First Edition available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color 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 3775718257. $700.00

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