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Opie, Catherine (Photographer) & Smith, Elizabeth A. T. (Contributor). CHICAGO. Chicago, IL: Museum Of Contemporary Art, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 48 pages. Fine.

Collection of black-and-white photographs on subject, with a coda in color. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only and as part of the ongoing "American Cities" Series by the photographer, which also include Los Angeles, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and New York. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Hal Kugeler: Small-size volume format. Pictorial hard boards, which feature a dazzling panoramic view of Michigan Avenue, and titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Catherine Opie. Essay, "The City Is The Body", by Elizabeth A. T. Smith, the exhibition's curator. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Canada to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark exhibition of the same name held at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago from May 20 through October 15, 2006. Presents Catherine Opie's "Chicago". The city after dark. Among her "American Cities", it is Chicago, not New York, that she has designated as "the city of architecture", with a vibrant skyline that most people would have thought is best seen and admired in the full blaze of daylight. Why photograph its architectural beauties at night? Because, for Catherine Opie, that is when the very skyline is most poetic, suggestive, and luminous. And also because everyone else has already photographed Chicago during the day. Her buildings are lit inside, the deserted avenues and alleys are ablaze with street lights, flickering like the stars above. "A city long considered quintessentially American, recognized for its renowned architecture. Catherine Opie, with her extraordinary talent and acuity, has created images that celebrate the city's particular mix of elegance and strength. She gives us Chicago through nocturnal, urban landscapes that fill and hold our gaze, much as the city holds our attention" (MCA). The sequence ends with a coda-quartet of color photographs of Lake Michigan in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer, a Minimalist study that is as rigorous as Sugimoto's seascapes, with the nuanced shades of aquamarine captured by Opie in all their serene beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Catherine Opie and Chicago-iana collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the title page by Catherine Opie. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipients are named. 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. 14 duotone, 4 color plates. One of the most brilliant American artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CATHERINE OPIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0933856865. $100.00

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