Michals, Duane (Artist/Photographer) & Magritte, Rene (Artist/Subject). A VISIT WITH MAGRITTE BY DUANE MICHALS. Providence, RI: Matrix Publications, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 72 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of portrait photographs, presented as a photo-album Artist Book. One of Duane Michals' most beautiful books. Limited Slipcased Edition of 200 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with the regular trade edition, which was published simultaneously with it. Should not be confused with the 2010 Steidl Reissued Edition either, published thirty years later. The Limited Edition is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Duane Michals and Arne Lewis: Regular-sized volume format. Gray cloth boards with black titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs and text by Duane Michals. Brown slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In pictorial DJ, which shows a color portrait of Magritte on the cover, with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents, in its Limited Edition format, "A Visit With Magritte by Duane Michals". A gem: His moving, now-classic record of his visit with his mentor-idol, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, in the latter's elegant Brussels home, in August 1965. The book is dedicated to Georgette Magritte, who outlived her husband, and helped make the visit of the brash young American artist possible in the first place. Rene Francois Ghislain Magritte died exactly two years later, on August 15, 1967. Michals' penultimate portraits of him are now among his most recognizable and iconic images. "Records Michals' visit with the great Belgian painter and invites the viewer to follow him in his journey through the private realm of an artist, who was one of his earliest heroes. The revelatory images of Magritte's home and the portraits of its inhabitants are at once distant and intimate, private and representative, humorous and calm, reflecting the evident respect that the man behind the camera felt for his subject" (Publisher's blurb). "If I indulge myself and surrender to memory, I can still feel the knot of excitement that gripped me as I turned the corner into Rue Mimosas, looking for the house of Rene Magritte. I was 33-years-old and about to meet the man whose profound and witty Surrealist paintings had contradicted my assumptions about art and photography" (Duane Michals). An absolute "must-have" title for Rene Magritte and Duane Michals collectors. This is a copy of the Limited Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the Front Limitation Page. It is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen by Duane Michals. This title is a great art photography book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Limited Edition available online and despite its imperfection (minute wear on DJ corners) is still in especially fine condition: Every single page is clean, crisp, and bright. The cloth boards are sharp, with NO bumping at all. The slipcase, while fragile, is intact. Please note: Should NOT be confused with the regular trade edition, which was published simultaneously with it nor the 2010 Steidl Reissued Edition either, published thirty years later. A rare signed copy thus. 60 black-and-white and color plates. Two of the greatest artists of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DUANE MICHALS TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0936554045. $300.00

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