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Waters, John & Hainley, Bruce. ART: A SEX BOOK. New York City, NY: Thames And Hudson, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 207 pages. As New. Signed.

Exhibition on sex. Curated by the authors, it exists in this book form only. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Martin Andersen: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers, which show the phallic Empire State Building with hand-drawn balls added, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. "Confidence Is Sexy" by John Waters and Bruce Hainley. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents John Waters' and Bruce Hainley's "Art: A Sex Book". The authors' idiosyncratic selection of American art whose inspiration or subject is sex. In other words, ALL Modernist and contemporary American art (like the Empire State Building). Presented as a full-fledged exhibition in book form, NOT an exhibition catalog, it is divided into six parts: Rooms One, Two, Three, Four, Five, and Six. Nine Sex Questions, Good Sex Reads, The Artists, Credits, and Index are meticulously appended at the end. With films such as "Hairspray", "Pink Flamingos", "Serial Mom", and "Pecker", John Waters has reliably shocked, outraged, delighted, illuminated, and amused movie audiences. Celebrated for his angular vision, he has been described as the "Sultan of Shock". Now, the great Spanish film director, Pedro Almodovar (who is one of John's biggest fans), does exactly the same thing, and is taken seriously as an important cultural figure (because he is). John Waters is not. He remains an acquired taste and a cult figure whose films give genuine pleasure to anyone with an open mind. John has teamed up with art critic/curator Bruce Hainley to offer a provocative overview of sex today through contemporary art: Andy Warhol, Larry Clark, Richard Kern, Sarah Lucas, Cy Twombly, Lily van der Stokker, Vincent Fecteau, Karen Kilimnik, Jack Pierson, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Bruce of LA, Jeff Burton, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, and Gary Lee Boas are among the 70 artists whose works they have chosen. Questionnaires formulated by Waters and Hainley offer insights into sex and its relationship to art while the authors' list of favorite "Sex Reads" provides guidance for further reading. "Contemporary art is sex. It's all about sex" (John Waters and Bruce Hainley). An absolute "must-have" title for John Waters, Bruce Hainley, and art collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black pen on the title page by John Waters and Bruce Hainley. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named. This title is a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 76 illustrations, 143 color plates. Some of the most brilliant American artists of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0500284350. $70.00

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