Vazquez, Victor (Artist/Photographer) & Avila, Ruben Rios (Contributor). VICTOR VAZQUEZ: EL CUERPO Y EL AUTORETRATO EXTENDIDO ("VICTOR VAZQUEZ: THE BODY AND THE EXTENDED SELF-PORTRAIT") . San Juan, Puerto Rico: Galeria Botello, 1994. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 15 pages. As New.

Exhibition Catalog. One of the most beautifully produced exhibition catalogs of its kind ever produced. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The book is now rare. A brilliant production by Victor Vazquez: Regular-sized volume format in wide oblong shape. Pictorial softcovers, as issued. Photographic triptych-tableaux by Victor Vazquez. Essay by Ruben Rios Avila in both the Spanish original and felicitous English translation. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Puerto Rico to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name held at the Galeria Botello San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1994. Presents the photographically-based art of Victor Vazquez. Eminently theatrical and deeply spiritual at the same time, Vazquez is obsessed with Christian iconography, specifically the iconic suffering and pain of Jesus Christ on the cross. He re-imagines the event over and over again, and the pervasive theme of his oeuvre is The Sacrifice. Still: "Although these pieces have a residue of the ancient strength of the altarpiece, of the sacrifice, and especially of the body pierced and in pain, these referents acquire a re-functionalization by the grace of montage, which places them in a new, inaugural space. That is why these images disarm the spectator. Their reality is stronger than what they evoke" (Ruben Rios Avila). An absolute "must-have" title for Victor Vazquez collectors. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 8 triptych plates. One of the most brilliant American artists of our time. A fine copy. . $20.00

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