Fronth, Per. PER FRONTH: UNDERTOW: THE GALLERIE BI-Z 2004 EXHIBITION CATALOG. Christianssand, Norway: Gallerie BI-Z Norway, 2004. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. Unpaginated. As New.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny print run as a softcover original only. None of the copies was commercially distributed. There is no ISBN. The catalog is now rare. A brilliant production by Per Fronth: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover, as issued. Photographically-based art by Per Fronth. Except for the Brief Biography appended at the end, there is no text. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Norway to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of Per Fronth's landmark 2004 exhibition in his native Norway. Presents some of Per Fronth's finest and most representative work. The great Norwegian artist/photographer enjoys cult status in both art and photographic circles throughout the world because he is a very special kind of artist: He begins with a photograph and then proceeds gradually to efface it by turning it into magical paintings ("totemic" is often used to describe the finished work). Per Fronth himself calls them "photo-transfers" that are beautiful not just because they evoke the elemental power of art, which is now absent in most "conceptual" contemporary painting: The power of his work may be traced to the fact that at the deepest level, Per Fronth is a humanist and Maximalist in a world largely populated by merely lapidary craftsmen and Minimalists. The transfer is so complete that it is often very hard to see whether the finished work is a photograph (which it isn't) or a painting (which it isn't either). Per Fronth takes on the entire history of Western art in his work and emphasizes its Romanticism. His work is about every human being's inner life, its happiness as well as its sadness, its burdens and concerns. While the technical finesse of his work is impeccable, Per Fronth's work can only be understood if one expects and demands radical vision rather than mere "ideas" from an artist. "I want my work to be about life, not art" (Per Fronth). An absolute "must-have" title for Per Fronth collectors. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the 2004 Gallerie BI-Z Exhibition Catalog available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with full-page and doublespread color plates. One of the finest living artist/photographers. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PER FRONTH TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). $30.00

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