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Massengill, Reed; Richardson, Terry; Leddick, David (Editor/Author) & Other Contributors. MALE NUDE NOW: NEW VISIONS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. New York City, NY: Universe Publishing, 2001. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 224 pages. As New.

Collection of male nudes. The third volume in the trilogy inaugurated by "Naked Men", was followed by "Naked Men Too", and concluded with this collection. Now considered a contemporary erotic art and photography classic. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Jason Losser: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers, which utilize a dramatic black-and-white male nude portrait, and glossy titles imprinted on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors. Their work is divided into seven sections. Introduction and Captions by David Leddick, whose text on each contributor is impeccably written. Index of Artists appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Singapore to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents the author/editor's overview of the state of contemporary male erotic art and photography at the turn of the new century. David Leddick has harnessed his prodigious talents as a photographer in his own right to establish himself as art historian/commentator on the male nude, a much-misunderstood and even maligned photographic genre. Apart from a concise and thoughtful Introduction, he lets the artists' and photographers' works speak for themselves. He divides them into Seven Types of Tendency: Experimentalists, Neo-Classicists, Eroticists, Fantasists, Sensualists, Realists, and Romantics. Surely, there are multifaceted artists, many of them represented in the book, who are all of these at the same time and therefore transcend any one of these artistic "tendencies". Leddick is aware of the fact, and emphasizes that his intention is to identify the various strands of his rich subject rather than rigidly label his contributors. The unifying theme is the widespread acceptance (always excepting Puritanical backwaters) and keen interest in the male nude as a serious formal subject, pursued by some of the most brilliant photographers, draughtsmen, painters, and sculptors of our time. The inclusion of heterosexual as well as women artist/photographers is significant as it is evidence of the very broad interest in a subject that was once the virtually exclusive domain of openly gay (or "gay-friendly") artists. Well-known and established name-figures such as Don Bachardy, Clive Barker, Andreas H. Bitesnich, Chuck Close, John Dugdale, Nan Goldin, David Hockney, Eric Fischl, Michael Leonard, Christopher Makos, Duane Michals, Patrick McMullan, Pierre et Gilles, Jack Pierson, Terry Richardson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Arthur Tress, Ellen von Unwerth, Tony Ward, and Dimitris Yeros are all here because no overview on the male nude today is possible without their well-established work. Still, it is his inclusion of such fresh and exciting talents as John Casado, Wes Hempel, Lalli, Reed Massengill, Wallace Merritt, Graydon Parrish, Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, Jack Slomovits, and John Sonsini, to name just a few among the dazzling many, that makes this collection a special and serendipitous ride. A "must-have" title for erotic art and photography collectors. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is now highly collectible. This is the only copy of the true First Edition (complete number line ending in 1) available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. All other copies available online are subsequent printings and have major flaws. A rare copy thus. 240 plates. Some of the world's finest living artists and photographers of the male nude. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO "NAKED MEN: PIONEERING MALE NUDES 1935-1955" AND "NAKED MEN TOO" TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0789306352. $200.00

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