Foulem, Leopold L.; Mathieu, Paul & Milette, Richard (Artists) & Bourassa, Paul (Contributor). FOULEM/MATHIEU/MILETTE: L'ESPACE DE LA CERAMIQUE ("FOULEM/MATHIEU/MILETTE: THE SPACE OF CERAMICS") . Quebec, Canada: Musee Du Quebec, 1997. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 45 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautiful books on contemporary ceramic art ever published. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only that sold out upon publication. The book is now rare. An austerely elegant production by the Musee du Quebec: Regular-sized volume format. Red softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Art by Leopold Foulem, Paul Mathieu, and Richard Milette. Essay (in French) by ceramic expert/scholar Paul Bourassa. Printed on pristine-white, glossy stock paper in Quebec, Canada to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Musee du Quebec in 1997. Presents the ceramic art of the reigning Canadian triumvirate: Leopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu, and Richard Milette. A movement unto themselves, they and their highly provocative and brilliant work are rightly seen as expressions of the singular, unusual, "queer" self, in all its performative gestures: "Explores the concept of camp as manifested in the works of three important Canadian ceramic artists. Camp has been identified as a concept, an aesthetic sensibility, and a form of oppositional critique central to gay and lesbian culture. Camp has been variously understood to include elements of irony, exaggeration, excess, humor, sentimentality, theatricality, artifice, parody, and devotion; as a disputed field of appropriation and counter-appropriation; and of alternative signifying codes. Leopold L. Foulem, Paul Mathieu, and Richard Milette have made Camp (and gay male culture) a central part of their respective artistic practice. Their shared perception that they are outside of the artistic and social mainstream has helped drive them to create an aesthetically powerful and intellectually engaging body of work that is rooted in and critical of conventional art history, ceramic history, and contemporary culture" (David Kaye). This intellectual baggage aside, the pieces do speak for themselves: They are objects of beauty that will give enormous pleasure to anyone with an open mind and regardless of one's sexual identity, orientation, or preference. An absolute "must-have" title for Foulem/Mathieu/Milette collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in blue pen on the title page by the artists: "Warmest regards, Leopold Foulem, Richard (Milette). The recipient is named, an authority in the art photography world who is also a ceramics expert. This title is now highly collectible. As far as we know, this is the only signed copy available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. Three of the finest living ceramic artists. A fine copy. . $80.00

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