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Kellner, Thomas (Artist/Photographer) & Wendorf, Richard (Contributor). ALL SHOOK UP: THOMAS KELLNER PHOTOGRAPHS THE BOSTON ATHENEUM: THE LIMITED EDITION. Boston, MA: The Boston Atheneum, 2008. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 96 pages. As New.

Exhibition monograph, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful art photography books ever published in our time. The first and only edition. Published in a very small and limited print run of 500 copies as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The book is now rare. A brilliant production by Thomas Kellner: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Thomas Kellner. He designed each photograph, through lapidary sketches, before actually shooting and assembling it. Each sketch/design is meticulously reproduced on glassine sheet paper, preceding the finished photographic image. Introductory Essay by Boston Atheneum Director Richard Wendorf. Printed on glossy stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Boston Atheneum in 2008. Presents, in an exquisite collectible edition, Thomas Kellner's grid-photographs of the Boston Atheneum. "Known worldwide for his deconstructive/reconstructive architectural photographs, Kellner was invited to be the Atheneum Bicentennial Artist-In-Residence in 2006. Kellner painstakingly took multiple photographs of fragments of a single image and then assembled the fragments into a new representation of the subject. His previous subjects have included such architectural icons as the Eiffel Tower, the London Tower Bridge, the Arc de Triomphe, Stonehenge, and the Golden Gate Bridge. He turns to the Atheneum's Registered National Historic Landmark Building Beacon Street. Kellner's time at the Atheneum was spent sketching and photographing the striking interiors of the Library for its 200th Anniversary. Showcases 16 large-scale color photographs of the Atheneum with which Kellner began his photographic studies, clearly illustrating his methodology. Thomas Kellner's vision animates these interior spaces in a new way. The Classical symmetrical rooms are 'all shook up' with light and energy. With subversive irony, Kellner's architectural photographs do not appear as the postcard-esque pictures of iconic monuments we carry in our minds nor can they be seen as images documenting perfect form. His buildings are de-constructed into multiple fragments and re-constructed to assume an entirely new form. His art explores the history of the photography genre in a media-reflective way. Its essence lies in the fact that his large-scale color photographs are contact sheets composed of consecutively assembled filmstrips of a single shooting session. This implies that the conceptual process begins long before the camera is actually used: The fragmentation of the image initially takes place within the artist's mind. Kellner's photographs ask us to perform a variety of operations simultaneously as we attempt to fuse these dancing images into a more stable, more readily identifiable whole" (Richard Wendorf). A masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Thomas Kellner collectors. This title is a masterpiece. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. The other copy (which is signed) is also from us. A rare copy thus. 16 color plates. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER THOMAS KELLNER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0934552746. $70.00

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