Palma, Luis Gonzalez (Artist/Photographer); Bloom, Ken & Other Contributors. A SILENT UNITY OF GAZES: THE PHOTOGRAPHIC VISION OF LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA. Duluth, MN: Tweed Museum of Art, 2009. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 40 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of photographs. Limited Edition of 2000 copies which sold out shortly after publication. The Limited Edition is now very scarce. An austerely elegant production by Topher McCulloch: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Luis Gonzalez Palma. Text by Ken Bloom and other contributors. Gonzalez Palma gives a rare Interview conducted by Patricia Briggs, which appears in this edition only. Printed on pristine-white thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Tweed Museum of Art Minnesota from October 9, 2009 through January 10, 2010. Presents Luis Gonzalez Palma's now-iconic images, beautifully juxtaposed with all-new work, most of which appear in published form for the very first time. The theme of the exhibition is, by now, quite familiar: Luis Gonzalez Palma's treatment of the portrait as The Gaze (that is to say, the subject seems to be looking, silently yet almost accusingly, at us instead of the other way around) has resulted in some of the most moving "New Romantic" images of our time. The images are about the paradoxical co-existence and transformation of Latin-American pain and beauty in Gonzalez Palma's art. At the same time, they have a universal significance that very few contemporary art or photography possesses with such poise and grace. The Gaze enables Gonzalez Palma to transcend the inherent voyeurism of photography, an artistic strategy that preserves the dignity of his subjects and makes both their pain and beauty apparent but non-voyeuristic. The "gaze effect" is achieved simply: The images are toned and layered except for the eyes, whose stark whiteness is retained. Gonzalez Palma's new work explores his Latin-American Romanticism further, mining such timeless subjects as the passage of time, the dream-like character of memory, and the fundamentally subjective nature of reality. Gonzalez Palma continues to enhance his photographs through layering, using special photographic papers, varnish, Kodalith, gold leaf embedded in resin, and other techniques that require his "hand-made", artisanal intervention. An absolute "must-have" title for Luis Gonzalez Palma collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Luis Gonzalez Palma. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 25 plates. One of the finest living Latin-American artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1889523364. $70.00

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