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Miller, Jonathan. ON REFLECTION. London, England: National Gallery Publications Limited, 1998. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 224 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

Landmark exhibition monograph. One of the greatest books on art ever written. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Softcover Edition. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Published on the occasion of the landmark thematic exhibition, "Mirror Image", curated by Jonathan Miller and held at the National Gallery of Art London in 1998. Miller subsequently delivered the essays in the book as a series of public lectures (with slides and other visual aids) at the Art Institute of Chicago. The actual works of art themselves could not travel as an exhibition because of their priceless value as Western national treasures. Instead (and to dazzling effect) , Miller selected comparable examples from the Permanent Collection of the Art Institute, affording the city's artists and art lovers a renewed appreciation of its own priceless collection. Presents Jonathan Miller's tour-de-force reflections on the idea of visual reflection. "When we look into a mirror, we do not see the surface, we see only our reflection. But in a painting, our eye is drawn to the marked surface of the canvas, which creates the illusion of a reflection. A dazzling investigation of artists as diverse as van Eyck, Durer, Velazquez, Ingres, Helen Chadwick, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Miller explores the tricks and games by which painting and more recently, photography create this illusion of reflection. The artistic representation of reflection has challenged artists for centuries. Explains how we come to understand the difference between a reflection and 'the real thing', and how these reflections define our own sense of identity. One of the most enjoyable and original books on art" (Robert Cahn) . An inexhaustible polymath, Miller's reflection on portraiture is analogous with his reflections on theatre and how "subsequent performances" renew both the original play and its first performance, reflecting and refracting them at the same time in order to keep them alive. Itself a masterpiece, this is an absolute "must-have" book for Jonathan Miller and art book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the half-title page by Jonathan Miller. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great book on art. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Most copies available online have serious flaws or are remainder-marked. A rare signed copy thus. 150 color plates. One of the greatest living artist/thinkers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN MILLER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0300077130. $200.00

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