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Mitoraj, Igor (Artist); Chiampi, Mario (Photographer) & Buranelli, Francesco (Contributor). IGOR MITORAJ: AGRIGENTO VALLE DEI TEMPLI. London, England: Verba Volant Limited, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 180 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of public sculpture, captured in evocative black-and-white photographs. One of the most stunningly beautiful art and photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A magnificent production by Verba Volant: Oversize-volume format. Gray hard boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Art by Igor Mitoraj. Photographs by Mario Chiampi. Text by Francesco Buranelli. Printed in tritone on thick coated stock paper in Italy to the very highest standards. Their tonal range, warmth, and reproduction quality must be seen to be believed. In pictorial DJ with silver titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Igor Mitoraj's monumental sculptures, which were presented, through a site-specific installation in 2011, against the larger background of the ancient stone ruins of the Agrigento Valley. The book is both the record/document of the temporary exhibition and a photographic meditation on it that is worthy of Constantine Cavafy. "In the Valley of The Temples at Agrigento, the gigantic sculptures of Igor Mitoraj stand among the ancient remains of Classical civilization, a setting with an aesthetic and emotional impact. A fascinating dialogue between Past and Present with new, disquieting impressions of estrangement. Along the Via Sacra, the route that leads from one temple to another, in carefully measured and consecrated spaces, the sculptures of Mitoraj emerge like modern votive offerings to ancient gods. Travertine and bronze stand out in stark contrast to the stone of the crumbling temples. In the silence of this time-less place, a voice-less dialogue between the fragmented sculptures of Mitoraj and the temples of the ancient Akragas/Agrigentum create a blank page of history where each visitor marks his own reactions and emotions" (Publisher's blurb). The poignant "message" of Mitoraj's original sculpture and their juxtaposition with a historic landscape are poignant and heartbreaking: "Daedalus, The Father, is reunited with His Son Icarus. The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento becomes the background of the myth of Daedalus, the first great sculptor, and Icarus, the symbol of the search for liberty even at the cost of life itself". Mario Chiampi's photographs will probably be most people's glimpse and experience of "Agrigento", and they are breathtakingly, Romantically, and unapologetically beautiful indeed. An absolute "must-have" have title for Igor Mitoraj and Mario Chiampi collectors. This title is a contemporary art and photography classic. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce copy thus. One of the greatest living artists. A fine copy. . ISBN 1905216327. $70.00

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