Fronth, Per (Artist/Photographer) & Wood, John (Contributor). PER FRONTH: CARGO. Chicago, IL: Schneider Gallery, 2000. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Exhibition Catalog. Limited Edition of 1500 copies. The first and only edition. Published as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The exhibition catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Per Fronth: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographically-based art by Per Fronth. Introduction by John Wood. Brief Biography appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents some of Per Fronth's finest and most representative work. The great Norwegian artist/photographer enjoys cult status in both art and photographic circles throughout the world because he is a very special kind of artist: He begins with a photograph and then proceeds gradually to efface it by turning it into magical paintings ("totemic" is often used to describe the finished work). Per Fronth himself calls them "photo-transfers", which are beautiful not just because they evoke the elemental power of art that, as noted by John Wood, is now absent in most "conceptual" contemporary painting: The power of his work may be traced to the fact that at the deepest level, Per Fronth is a humanist and Maximalist in a world largely populated by merely lapidary craftsmen and Minimalists. The transfer is so complete that it is often very hard to see whether the finished work is a photograph (which it isn't) or a painting (which it isn't either). Per Fronth takes on the entire history of Western art in his work and emphasizes its Romanticism. His work is about every human being's inner life, its happiness as well as its sadness, its burdens and concerns. Hence the "cargo" of the title. In order to understand his work, John Wood believes one needs to turn to the music of such fellow visionaries as Arvo Part, John Tavener, and Henryk Gorecki. While the technical finesse of his work is impeccable, Per Fronth's work can only be understood if one expects and demands radical vision rather than mere "ideas" from an artist. An absolute "must-have" title for Per Fronth collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few copies of the Exhibition Catalog still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 13 color plates. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PER FRONTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN B0006RKS0Y. $40.00

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