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Morell, Abelardo (Photographer); Siegel, Elizabeth; Abbott, Brett & Martineau, Paul (Contributors). ABELARDO MORELL: THE UNIVERSE NEXT DOOR. Chicago, IL: Art Institute Of Chicago/Yale University Press, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 175 pages. As New/As New.

Exhibition Monograph. One of the most beautiful art photography books of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Abelardo Morell and the Art Institute of Chicago: Oversize-volume format. Khaki cloth boards with black titles embossed on spine, as issued. Photographs by Abelardo Morell. Curated and edited with an Essay by Elizabeth Siegel. Conversation/Interview by Paul Martineau. Chronology by Brett Abbott. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Italy to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is stunning in its clarity, tonal range, and warmth. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the major retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. The show travelled on to other major venues such as the Getty Museum Los Angeles. Presents Abelardo Morell's "The Universe Next Door". The first in-depth treatment of the artist's work: Indelible images of vitality and morbidity, photography's closely intertwined subjects. "Over the past twenty-five years, Abelardo Morell has earned international praise for his images that use the language of photography to explore visual surprise and wonder. Born in Havana, Morell came to the United States as a teenager in 1962 and later studied photography, earning an MFA from Yale University. He gained attention for intimate black-and-white pictures of domestic objects from a child's point-of-view, inspired by the birth of his son in 1986; images in which he turns a room into a giant camera obscura, projecting exterior views onto interior spaces; and photographs of books that revel in their sensory materiality. He has turned to color, exploring the camera obscura with a painterly delight and innovating a tent camera that projects outdoor scenes onto a textured ground. Morell has approached photography with remarkable wit and creativity, examining everyday objects with childlike curiosity. Examines Morell's career, including his earlier works in black-and-white and never-before-published photographs" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Abelardo Morell collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by the artist/photographer: "With all my best, Abelardo Morell". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named, who is a Chicago-based photography expert and important artist-painter. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 40 color, 100 duotone plates. One of the finest artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 0300184557. $150.00

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