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Salle, David (Artist/Author); Baldessari, John; Katz, Alex; Koons, Jeff & Other Artists (Subject). HOW TO SEE. New York City, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 275 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of essays and reminiscences on subject. One of the most important books on art in 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. "Autographed Copy" white sticker pasted in front. Without DJ, as issued. Presents David Salle's "How To See". That very rare thing: An artist-as-writer, the artist-as-art critic. "A Master Class in contemporary art by one of the preeminent painters of our time. How does art work? How does it move us, inform us, challenge us? Illuminates the work of many of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Engaging with a wide range of Salle's friends and contemporaries, from painters to Conceptual artists such as Jeff Koons, John Baldessari, Roy Lichtenstein, and Alex Katz, among others, 'How To See' explores not only the multi-layered personalities of the artists themselves, but also the distinctive character of their oeuvre. Writes with humor and verve, replacing the jargon of theory with precise and evocative descriptions that help the reader develop a personal and intuitive engagement with art" (Publisher's blurb). "If John Berger's 'Ways of Seeing' is a classic of art criticism, looking at the 'what' of art, then David Salle's 'How To See' is the artist's reply, a brilliant series of reflections on how artists think when they make their work. The 'how' of art has perhaps never been better explored" (Salman Rushdie). "Asks of other art not, where does this belong? But, what does this make me feel and think about? Subtly and persuasively reminds us that all art, even the most seemingly recalcitrant, is there to be looked at, and that what artists do is, exactly, teach us how to see" (Adam Gopnik). "David Salle's brilliant canvases changed everything. Now his luminescent eye and voice have married in a book that is destined to alter not only how we look at art, but the language we use to describe it. In addition to feeding one's process of intellection, nourishes one's art-loving soul. Transcendent" (Hilton Als). An absolute "must-have" title for David Salle collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by David Salle. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Salle made a one-time-only appearance to launch the book during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a surprise national bestseller, and will become a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant American artists of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0393248135. $80.00

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