RES (Raul Stolkiner); Gonzalez, Valeria; Sylveira, Danila & Otero, Veronica (Contributors). RES: LA VERDAD INUTIL ("THE USELESS TRUTH") : THE DELUXE EDITION. Buenos Aires, Argentina: La Marca Editora, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 208 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs, presented as an Artist Book. The single most important and comprehensive book on the photographic art of RES. Deluxe Clamshell Box Edition of 100 Roman Numeral-numbered and signed copies. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, of which there are four, particularly the regular trade Hardcover and Softcover Editions. The Deluxe Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by RES: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and photo-tableaux by RES. Essays by various contributors. 8 X 10 inch original color print, "Las piernas de Crista" ("Crista's Legs"), encased in its own glassine sheet and laid into the book. The print is magnificent, not a "throwaway", as too many prints of Limited Editions are. Matching black cloth clamshell box. Printed on pristine-white, thick glossy stock paper in Buenos Aires to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in the ultimate Deluxe Edition collectible format, the cerebral photographic art of the artist known simply as RES (his real name is Raul Stolkiner). The book marks the very first time that RES's remarkable body of work is presented in its entirety in book form, nine sequences in all that are preceded by illuminating critical texts (the work that RES produced during his prolonged stay in Mexico was destroyed under mysterious circumstances, and prompted his permanent return to his native Argentina). Like many of the most ambitious and enormously talented artists of Latin America, RES is a natural-born aesthete who is also a committed social/political thinker. RES believes in political art. But he also believes that the conventional conception of political art in the Western/Latin-American tradition wrongly elevated politics at the expense of art when it should have been the other way around: Art is enhanced and enlarged by politics. Art is, by definition, autonomous, therefore "useless". The only way art can become "useful" is for the artist and audience to regard it as a model of thought. Thought is the beginning (and ongoing basis) of genuine action, including politics. A revered cult figure in Argentina, RES is one of the most intelligent and imaginative living artist/photographers. His work can only be described as reflective and intellectual, without losing any of art's sensuous qualities. It will reward repeated and immersive viewings. Being exposed to, understanding, and appreciating his work is one of the life-changing experiences a student/lover of art photography will have. An absolute "must-have" title for RES collectors. This is a copy of the Deluxe Clamshell Box Edition of 100 Roman Numeral-numbered copies, indicated/numbered as such in black pen on the Front Limitation Page by the artist/photographer himself: "XXX/C" [30/100]. It is also very boldly and beautifully signed in the same black pen by RES. Laid-in is an 8 X 10 inch original color print of "Las piernas de Crista" ("Crista's Legs"), also number-stamped ("XXX/C") and very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on verso by RES. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen by the model. "Crista's Legs" provocatively re-imagines the Crucifixion as Woman (Crista instead of Cristo/Jesus Christ), and is a masterly example of the post-humanist universality that RES's photographic art ultimately represents. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Deluxe Edition 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. One of the most brilliant living artist/photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER RES TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). $500.00

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