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Graham, Dan (Artist/Subject) & Various Contributors. DAN GRAHAM: BEYOND. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 350 pages. As New.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. The single most comprehensive overview and assessment of Dan Graham's ground-breaking oeuvre and achievement. 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 Dan Graham: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. The design mimics the magazine format and style, after the artist's work from the 1960's in the medium. Art by Dan Graham. Text by various contributors: Eight Essays, two Interviews with the Artist, a section of Graham's own writing, and an animated manga-style "Life of Dan Graham". The Essays are: Chrissie Iles on his performance work; Bennett Simpson on his interest and work in rock music; Beatriz Colomina on his architectural pavilions; Rhea Anastas on his early formation; Mark von Schlegell on his interest in science fiction; Mark Francis on "Public Space/Two Audiences" (1976); Alexandra Midal on his work for magazines; and Philippe Vergne on his puppet opera, "Don't Trust Anyone Over Thirty" (2004). Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark retrospective exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles in 2009. Presents "Dan Graham: Beyond". One of the most important and influential figures of Conceptual Art, whose practice created a range of art forms, modes, and ideas that are now central to contemporary art. "The thrust of his practice has always pointed beyond: Beyond the art object, beyond the studio, beyond the medium, beyond the gallery, beyond the self. Beyond all these categories and into the realm of the social, the public, the democratic, the mass-produced, the architectural, the anarchic, the humorous. 'Homes For America', a series of snapshots of suburban New Jersey tract housing accompanied by short parodic texts, announced a critical art grounded in the everyday. His 1984 video-essay, 'Rock My Religion', traced a continuum of separatism and collective ecstasy from the American religious sect, the Shakers, to hard-core punk music" (Publisher's blurb). For a very long time an acquired, cult taste, this monograph succeeds in showing Graham's mainstream significance. An absolute "must-have" title for Dan Graham collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by Dan Graham. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in are the Souvenir Materials of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a contemporary art classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws because they have been pored over. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with plates. One of the most brilliant American artists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAN GRAHAM TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1933751126. $100.00

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