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Barron, Jeannette Montgomery; Sherman, Cindy; Mapplethorpe, Robert; Warhol, Andy & Others . SCENE. New York City, NY: Powerhouse Books, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 136 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of portrait-photographs. One of the most beautiful photography books on the art and artists of the last quarter of the 20th century. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. A brilliant production by PowerHouse: Oversize-volume format. Red hard boards with white titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs with accompanying Captions by Jeannette Montgomery Barron. She is that rare bird: A photographer who is also a fine writer. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which features the young Willem Dafoe on the cover, and with red titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Jeannette Montgomery Barron's affecting portraits of artists of the early 1980's. While some of them (most notably, Warhol) were already world-famous, most were not, but were on the verge of their decisive, all-important breakthrough. Barron also photographed their muses, lovers, and patrons. "A remarkable compendium of portraits of renowned personalities of the most exciting era of NYC underground culture, the 1980's. A veritable time capsule of NYC when the young and indomitable flocked downtown in search of places to work and live among like-minded collaborators. These musicians, filmmakers, painters, writers, fashion designers, publishers, actors, models, and photographers played together, worked together, and made their own rules, and changed our culture forever. Fragile young souls, fearless in their desire to remake the art world in their likeness, and a poignant memento of those lost too early" (Publisher's blurb). Aside from Warhol, the luminaries include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe (all dead), Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, Jenny Holzer, Cindy Sherman, Kathryn Bigelow ("Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty"), and William Burroughs. "We look so young. We were so young" (Rene Ricard). He should know; this is his second project on the whole era, the first one, David Armstrong's "Night And Day" (2012) being about the end of the Seventies and the beginning of the Eighties. A "must-have" title for Jeannette Montgomery Barron and contemporary art collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Jeannette Montgomery Barron. She launched the book in New York City, of course, at fashion designer Marc Jacobs' independent bookstore, Bookmarc, during which her signature was obtained. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 73 black-and-white plates. One of the finest photographic albums of a seminal era. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO DAVID ARMSTRONG'S "NIGHT AND DAY" TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1576876241. $80.00

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