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Michals, Duane. ABCDUANE: A DUANE MICHALS PRIMER. New York City, NY: The Monacelli Press, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 184 pages. Fine.

Pictorial memoir and artist's summing-up. One of Duane Michals' finest achievements. 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. Presents Duane Michals' "ABCDuane: A Duane Michals Primer". His memoir-summation of a lifetime of brilliant writing, photographing, art-making, collecting, socializing, and loving. Originally, wittily, and inimitably told using the Roman alphabet (from A to Z). "Relates intimate themes of his life and art in a scrapbook-memoir illustrated by his works, from portraits of Magritte to Warhol to painted tintypes to the revolutionary multiple-image sequences and handwritten texts for which he is best known, and by pieces from his personal art collection. Whether a portrait of Eugene Atget by Berenice Abbott, collages by Joseph Cornell, or drawings by David Hockney, the works of Michals' artistic lodestars sit alongside his own haunting images, some never-before-published, and his mordantly funny, playful, humble, and heartbreaking observations on art, photography, and life. Reveals the creative obsessions of a uniquely beloved artist. The images and texts by Duane Michals assembled here are, like the artist himself, impossible to categorize. Perhaps that is why there is no better way to organize them than alphabetically. Whether recalling encounters with many of the past century's greatest artists (Balthus, Duchamp), celebrating literary heroes (Whitman, Joyce), addressing essential human concerns (Children, Homosexuality, Grief, God), or revealing deeply personal snippets of life with a partner suffering from dementia, 'ABCDuane' is the perfect primer for Michals' vastly influential body of work, for those who have loved it for the past half-century and those who will be delighted by it for the first time" (Publisher's blurb). Quite simply, one of those very few books that once began, one will not be able to put down, and thereafter, one will then go back to again and again, for illumination, pleasure, and its inexhaustible wisdom. An absolute "must-have" title for Duane Michals collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen by Duane Michals. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible, a true classic. As far as we know, this is one of only two such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Now pushing 85, Michals signed copies through his publisher only, and a mere handful as such. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with black-and-white and color plates. One of the finest artist/photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 1580934056. $150.00

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