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Morris, Mark (Subject) & Acocella, Joan (Author). MARK MORRIS. New York City, NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 306 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Full-length biography on subject. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents the single most valuable introduction to the life and work of Mark Morris. Once regarded as the prototypical (and obligatory) "enfant terrible" of American dance, Mark Morris is now widely admired and rightly treasured as America's most original and most important living choreographer. One of his most controversial (and absolutely right, if politically incorrect) positions sums up his aesthetic approach, which is that as an artist, his job is to give pleasure, not comfort. Contrary to the assertion of someone like Bill T. Jones (and other mediocrities like him), his job is not to confront political and social issues, such as the AIDS crisis, and thereby give aid and solace to those affected by it. That would mean turning the artist into an activist, making the artist and his art less, not more, relevant and necessary to our deeply troubled times. Mark Morris' dances have given pure pleasure to anyone open and willing to respond to the sheer beauty of his work. One of his greatest accomplishments is that the wit, visceral appeal, and intellectual reach of his dances are a refreshing antidote to and exact opposite of Martha Graham's solemn (but truly great) choreography. Morris combines High and Low at its very American best. Morris also makes subtle and sly allusions to the entire history of dance, and his creations for the classically-trained Mikhail Baryshnikov remain some of the greatest dances of the last quarter of the 20th century. Written by the Resident Dance Critic of The New Yorker Magazine (and our finest living writer on dance), Joan Acocella's account is beautifully and sensitively on the mark. Her meticulous scholarship, formidable knowledge, and profound critical response to dance in general and Mark Morris in particular are worthy of comparison with her great predecessor, Arlene Croce. Together with the late Edwin Denby, they now constitute a lineage of dance criticism in America that is unsurpassed in its grace and wisdom. A "must-have" title for Mark Morris collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by Mark Morris. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen by Joan Acocella. Laid-in are copies of the Souvenir Program Materials of MMDG's Chicago 2011 performance. This title is now highly collectible. This is the only such double-signed copy of the true First Edition available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs of Mark Morris and his dance company. The greatest living American choreographer. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MARK MORRIS AND JOAN ACOCELLA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0374202958. $250.00

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