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Hamilton, Ann (Artist); Kitagawa, Tomoaki; Ueda,Takao & Schwenk, Bernhard (Contributors). ANN HAMILTON: THE PICTURE IS STILL. Ostfildern, Germany: Akira Ikeda Gallery/Hatje Cantz, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 112 pages. Fine.

Exhibition monograph presented as an Artist Book. One of the most stunningly beautiful art and photography books of our time. Limited Edition of 2500 copies. The first and only edition. An austerely elegant production by Ann Hamilton and Sylvia Frohlich: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Sumptuous pictorial silk cloth boards with titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Art by Ann Hamilton. Essays by various contributors. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Germany to the very highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition held at the Akira Ikeda Gallery Taura, Japan from May 21, 2001 through May 18, 2002, lasting more than a full year. Presents the work of one of the most vital and controversial living artists of our time. Hamilton is the artist-as-mourner, surely one of the rarest in American art. "The installations created by Ann Hamilton are as atmospheric as they are intellectually complex, as grandiose and whimsical as they are serious and political. Whether she is employing tons of work clothes, a herd of ostriches, thousands of dollars' worth of pennies, kilometers of typewriter ribbon, loaves and loaves of bread dough or teams of volunteer workers, Hamilton's process-oriented, site-specific environments incorporate viewers, teaching them to use their senses anew. In one of her most recent and spectacular works, which gives its name to this book, the artist inhabited a former torpedo factory at Yokosuka, a symbol-laden place in Japan, used by domestic and American armies for extensive military bases, and hung charcoal rods from the ceiling on strings of different length. The result was a space oppressed by the heavy shadows of the dense, blackened mass of dead matter from above and filled with an abysmal sadness as it conjured the darkest chapters of Japanese-American relations" (Publisher's blurb). Ann Hamilton trained in textile design and received an MFA from Yale University. While her degree was in sculpture, textiles and fabric have continued to be an important part of her work, which now includes massive installations, photographs, videos, performances, and singular objects. She won the MacArthur Genius Grant in 1993. As the American representative at the Venice Biennale in 1999, she addressed the subject of slavery and oppression in America with an installation that used walls studded with Braille. Still, her show in Japan in 2002 was filled with enormous personal significance for Hamilton, who was born, raised, and continues to spend part of the time in Columbus, Ohio, the hometown of Paul W. Tibbetts. For better or for worse, Tibbetts will be remembered as the pilot who flew the "Enola Gay" (the B29 bomber he named after his mother) and dropped the first atom bomb in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, an act that Hamilton denounced as a war crime long before many of her fellow Americans are finally seeing it as such. A "must-have" title for Ann Hamilton collectors. This is an Import title, had very limited distribution in the United States, and is now highly collectible. This is one of few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with magnificent photographs of her work. One of the most brilliant living artists. A flawless copy. . ISBN 3775712429. $70.00

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