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Tress, Arthur (Artist/Photographer); Brookman, Philip & Lorenz, Richard (Contributors). ARTHUR TRESS: FANTASTIC VOYAGE: PHOTOGRAPHS 1956-2000. Boston, MA: Little, Brown & Company/Bulfinch Press, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 200 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. The single most illuminating overview of the photographic art and achievement of Arthur Tress. 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 Arthur Tress and John Hubbard: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-gilt titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Arthur Tress. Foreword by Philip Brookman. Biographical Essay by Richard Lorenz, the important photography historian/scholar, who died of AIDS before the book could be completed. Essay by John Wood. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Singapore to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC in 2001. Presents Arthur Tress' "Fantastic Voyage: Photographs 1956-2000". The finest and most representative images of his nearly fifty-year career as precursor, master, and mentor. Still life, Surrealist-inspired erotic male nudes, portraits, landmark and landscapes, and experimental work in color, all of them personally selected and sequenced by Arthur Tress. Many contemporary American photographers, gay and straight, do not fully realize or openly acknowledge the artistic debt they owe to Tress' pioneering efforts: He gave programmatic, ideologically-driven European Surrealism its vital, American cutting-edge. Witty yet sinister, light yet dark, tender and elegant, his fantastic voyage is liberating "eustress", positive, healthy stress in the face of homophobia, 1950's repressiveness, and the AIDS devastation that decimated at least two, maybe more, generations of artists and connoisseurs, whose loss our present time continues to feel and reel from. With the very best artists (and their informed audience) long gone, Western art has struggled and been in full nostalgia mode for the last forty years (Andy Warhol, long dead, being its most collectible, iconic artist), as it awaits genuine and original new talent to take up what the "AIDS Generation" left unfinished. An absolute "must-have" title for Arthur Tress collectors. This title is now collectible. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. 55 color, 180 duotone plates, 39 black-and-white illustrations. One of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ARTHUR TRESS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0821226002. $50.00

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