Fronth, Per (Artist/Photographer) & Holt, Cecilie Tyri (Contributor). PER FRONTH: CARBON COMPOSITIONS. New York: Dillon Gallery, 2008. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run 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. Essay by the art historian Cecilie Tyri Holt. 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 recent 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" that are beautiful not just because they evoke the elemental power of art, which 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. 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. "I want my work to be about life, not art" (Per Fronth). An absolute "must-have" title for Per Fronth collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "Best wishes from far away! If in NY please stop by. Sincerely, Per Fronth". The recipient, who is an important art photography figure, is named. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the gallery opening's invitation. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 25 color plates. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PER FRONTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $70.00

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