Bleckner, Ross. PAGE THREE: ROSS BLECKNER PHOTOGRAPHS. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 124 pages. As New/As New.

Artist Book. The first and only collection of photographs by an artist who is best-known as a painter. Limited Slipcased Edition of 150 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 3000 copies. The edition is now very scarce. An austerely elegant production by Ross Bleckner and Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format in very wide oblong shape. The elongated shape is not an artistic vanity; it captures on the page the mural dimensions characteristic of Bleckner's art. Black cloth boards with original metallic-black art reproduction embossed on cover and titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Ross Bleckner. There is no text. Stunning endpapers. Black cloth slipcase. Printed in rich gravure on thick uncoated stock paper in Tokyo, Japan to the very highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with white titles on the spine, as issued. Presents the American painter's debut collection of photographs, a pictorial autobiography-of-sorts and an ambitious (if ambiguous) commentary on larger contemporary issues at the same time. It is surely more than interesting that all, not just some, of the greatest late-modern American artists (Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jasper Johns, to name only four of them) are homosexual, a fact that has been commented on by other artists and critics, Peter Beard, the ultimate All-American artist/hero, being one of the most observant on the subject. Except for Warhol, none of them has explored the subject of sexuality in their work in any significant way, and they stubbornly refuse to self-identify as "gay", a personal decision that has been bitterly criticized by some but must surely be respected by everyone else who values a human being's, not just an artist's, now-beleaguered right to privacy. Bleckner is openly and proudly gay, and insists, not just suggests, that it is the central element of his art. His collection consists of original as well as appropriated images juxtaposed to dramatize, not just visualize, the extreme contrasts of the world that we live in today: Privacy versus public-ity, wealth versus poverty, peace versus war, health versus illness, pleasure versus pain, love versus hate, Life versus Death. There are many explicit photographs of his lover's penis, photographed in extreme closeups and in an unusual, imaginative, and erotic way. "Travels over the intimate contours of a lover's body and the pages of his daily newspaper [hence the title]. Collaged, blurred, inverted, enlarged, and cropped, the artist juxtaposes paragraphs of newspaper type with pictures that suggest his intent, but stop short of revealing a true purpose. At times, even when we are sure of what is before us, succeeding and opposing images intimate that all is not as it appears to be. An effort by the artist to suggest that all we reach out to and all we touch is the mirror that becomes us" (Publisher's blurb). A "must-have" title for Ross Bleckner collectors. This copy is one of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page, and it is very boldly and beautifully signed in metallic-silver marker on the title page by Ross Bleckner.This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the Limited Slipcased Edition still available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 95 sheetfed gravure plates. One of the finest living American artists. A flawless collectible copy. . ISBN 0944092594. $300.00

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