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Hodgkin, Howard; Gauguin, Paul; Picasso, Pablo; Ruscha, Ed & Others; Castleman, Riva (Author). A CENTURY OF ARTISTS BOOKS. New York City, NY: Museum Of Modern Art, 1994. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 263 pages. Fine/Fine.

Exhibition Monograph on subject. One of the best books on the book as a work of art ever published. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. Published in a very small and limited print run as a hardcover original that was not reissued once all of the copies were sold. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by MOMA: Oversize-volume format. Maroon cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Artists Books by various artists, a Who's Who of "La Belle Epoque" late-19th-century, Modernist, post-Modernist, and contemporary 20th-century art: Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Kazimir Malevich, Marcel Duchamp, Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, and Howard Hodgkin, among many others. Curated and Annotated by Riva Castleman. Printed on archival stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) New York from October 23, 1994 through January 24, 1995. Presents "A Century of Artists Books", a meticulous and representative selection of the greatest Artists Books created during their first century (between the 1890's and 1990's). Provides an insightful and indispensable reference-history of the art of the Artist Book, that is, the book as a medium for artistic expression, through 140 examples. "Major artists turned to the 'illumination' of poems, classical literature, and their own writings to make books that are now collectors' objects, luxuriously produced. Such Limited Editions have continued to be produced alongside other types of Artists Books aimed at a much larger audience. The more available Artists Books have served a different purpose, often expressing aesthetic and political principles. Accompanying texts consider the historical background, complex relationships between artists and book manufacturers, technical constraints, and recent changes" (Publisher's blurb). The central role that photography eventually played in this exciting history is evidenced by the inclusion of numerous photographically-based Artists Books. An absolute "must-have" title for Artists Books collectors. This title is a great art book in its own right. This is one of very few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Beware: Many copies available online have serious flaws while others command as much as $600. A scarce copy thus. 224 illustrations, 76 color plates. Some of the greatest artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0810961245. $150.00

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