Cray, Fred (Artist/Photographer); Grundberg, Andy & Cooley, Martha (Contributors) . FRED CRAY: SELF-PORTRAITS: THE TREMAINE GALLERY EXHIBITION CATALOG. Lakeville, Connecticut: Tremaine Gallery of Hotchkiss School, 1999. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 12 pages. As New.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The catalog is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Fred Cray: Regular-sized volume format. Pristine-white softcovers with black titles in front, as issued. Photographs by Fred Cray. Essays by Andy Grundberg and Martha Cooley. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition held at the Tremaine Gallery of Hotchkiss School, where Fred Cray studied and graduated from in 1975. Presents a selection of Fred Cray's self-portraits and collage photographs. They hark back to the Pictorialist tradition of photography, which emphasized expressiveness and aspired to the level of painting, rejecting the sharpness, clarity, and reproducibility of the photograph. In Cray's singular case, "self-portrait" means NOT being recognized in any of the portraits. In one of his most beautiful images, his back is actually turned from the camera. In another, his extreme closeup is a study in the color red of the most abstracted, Minimalist kind. As Andy Grundberg points out, these painting-photographs will be recognized as powerful and eloquent responses to the "objective" art of such figures as Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman. The only work that approaches Cray's self-portraits in ambition and achievement are Adam Fuss' and Christopher Bucklow's, both influenced too by the Pictorialist tradition. An absolute "must-have" title for Fred Cray 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. 9 full-page color and collage plates. One of the most brilliant American artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. . $20.00

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