Bolin, Liu (Artist/Photographer) ; Gavarro, Raffaele (Author/Curator) & Other Contributors. LIU BOLIN: A SECRET TOUR: THE RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION MONOGRAPH. Verona, Italy: Maretti Editore, 2012. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 115 pages. As New.

Retrospective exhibition monograph on the artist/photographer's recent work. One of the most beautiful art and photography books of our time. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The book is now rare. A brilliant production by Liu Bolin: Oversize-volume format in wide oblong shape. Pictorial softcovers that open out on the cover into a panoramic foldout, as issued. Art and photographs by Liu Bolin. Text by various contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Hendrik Christian Andersen Gallery of Modern Art Italy in 2012. Presents Liu Bolin's "A Secret Tour", his dazzling performance-art photographs of Italy. Liu Bolin gained enormous recognition with his "Hiding In The City" photographs. As a result of the Series, Bolin was dubbed "The Invisible Man", an epithet that is catchy and accurate: The overriding theme of his oeuvre is the confrontation between individual identity and social reality, which tragically leads to the individual's "disappearing" state. In "A Secret Tour" Series, Bolin makes a detour and alludes poetically to the contact of a Chinese artist (namely himself, but also representing all others like him) with Western art. As a foreign presence who prefers to be an absence, Bolin applies the same elaborate technique that made him famous to meld himself to the grandeur and beauty of his new environment. Apart from the fact that he has transplanted himself to Italy, the heart of European art, it is obviously a pleasure to see his "disappearing" stance adapted to more positive, lyrical, and even witty effect. It should also be noted that, in our Digital Age, none of Liu Bolin's work is digitized or Photo-Shopped. Instead, they are all painstakingly constructed, staged, and photographed by Liu Bolin, and this monograph shows how he does it through documentary photographs that he directed. An absolute "must-have" title for Liu Bolin collectors. This title is a contemporary art and photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. One of the most brilliant living artists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER LIU BOLIN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) . ISBN 8889477881. $200.00

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