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Starn, Mike & Doug (Artist/Photographers) & Warren, Lynne (Contributor). THE STARN TWINS: MIKE AND DOUG STARN OPTIONS 34. Chicago, IL: Museum Of Contemporary Art, 1988. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 5 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Catalog. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. There is no ISBN. The Exhibition Catalog is now rare. A brilliant production by MCA: Oversize-volume format. Photographically-based art by Mike and Doug Starn. Essay by Lynne Warren, one of the single best pieces ever written on the artist/photographers. 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 exhibition of the same name held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 1988. Presents "The Starn Twins: Mike And Doug Starn Options 34". As in, star twins: Identical twins who have worked together as two formidable artists with a shared vision (rather than as co-dependents incapable of working independently of each other) from the beginning of their legendary career. The Starns got their major breakthrough at the Whitney Biennial in 1987. "Their complex and arresting use of multi-media imagery has made the Starn Twins the wunderkinds of the contemporary art world. They work as a unit, appropriating and recasting subject matter from a broad pool of art-historical sources. They begin with photographic images and add paper, plastic, chemicals, and other elements to complete their composition. Starn topics range from details of organic forms to double takes of persons or objects" (Paula Baxter). They have challenged traditional photography by cutting, tinting, creasing, tearing, and re-assembling prints. Their lapidary emphasis on building up surfaces with layered materials, quoting portions of paintings by Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, and maintaining a beauty in their work reminiscent of Romanticism are singular while indebted at the same time to Robert Rauschenberg, Gilbert and George, and Joel-Peter Witkin. An absolute "must-have" title for Mike and Doug Starn collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen in front by Mike Starn and Doug Starn. It is signed directly on the cover itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 3 color plates. Two of the most brilliant artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MIKE AND DOUG STARN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). $100.00

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