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Bussard, Katherine A.; Hostetler, Lisa (Curators); Stieglitz, Alfred; Sherman, Cindy & Others. COLOR RUSH: AMERICAN COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY FROM STIEGLITZ TO SHERMAN. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Art Museum/Aperture Foundation, 2013. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 280 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. One of the best books on color photography 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. A brilliant production by Milwaukee Art Museum: Oversize-volume format. Maroon cloth boards with black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by various contributors, a Who's Who of American photography. Texts by Katherine A. Bussard, Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago, and Lisa Hostetler, Curator of Photography, Milwaukee Art Museum. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ, which features the painterly photograph, "Bouquet of Flowers", by Alfred Stieglitz, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Milwaukee Art Museum in 2013, which travelled on to the Art Institute of Chicago. The show was underwritten by the Aperture Foundation New York. Presents "Color Rush: American Color Photography From Stieglitz To Sherman". Perhaps the single best - and most beautiful - overview of the arrival of color as a serious medium for art photography. Since photography's inception, color has always been the technological goal and just as important, consumer desire. But serious photographers (those who considered the medium as THE exciting, new vehicle for artistic expression) were slow to take it seriously, partly because they were concerned that photographs would look like paintings (which they do, as the Stieglitz Cover Image, however brilliant, clearly shows). Today, in 2017, many artists (like Robert Frank, the greatest photographer of our time) do appreciate color, but have deliberately chosen to work mainly, if not exclusively, in black-and-white (and for a melancholy artist-sufferer like Frank, understandably so). For perspective, cinema, the "moving picture" by-product and end-result of photography, is now predominantly in color, and is almost unimaginable in black-and-white unless a specific (and commercially risky) point is being made by the artist. This magnificent volume seeks to redress the imbalance, by drawing attention to the substantial achievement of color in mass media and the ground-breaking work of figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Harry Callahan, Saul Leiter, Irving Penn, William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz, Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, Nan Goldin, and Cindy Sherman, among others. That is, photographers who have worked successfully in color as well as photographers who could work ONLY in color (like Martin Parr today, among Brits). Robert Frank once described color as "superfluous". Superfluity is precisely what color offers: Abundance, excess, extravagance, beauty-as-plenty. An absolute "must-have" title for photography book collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by Katherine A. Bussard and Lisa Hostetler. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. There is no recipient named. This title is a contemporary art photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-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. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. Some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. A fine copy. . ISBN 1597112267. $100.00

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