Simon, Taryn (Photographer) & Various Contributors. TARYN SIMON: AN OCCUPATION OF LOSS. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Publishers, 2017. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 240 pages. Fine.

Retrospective collection of portraits and immigration documents, presented as an Artist Book. One of Taryn Simon's finest achievements. 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. An austerely elegant production by Taryn Simon: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Taryn Simon. Printed on thick coated and uncoated stock papers in Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Taryn Simon's "An Occupation of Loss". The quietly provocative Conceptual artist/photographer on the public handling of death and loss: Its rituals, politics, and contradictions. "Professional mourners from different cultural circles strike up dirges simultaneously in Taryn Simon's installation. Viewers are directly confronted with these performances. The artist not only addresses the public handling of death and loss, but also the tension between artificial and genuine emotion. Assisted by scientists, Simon systematically investigates the marginalized practices of these grief rituals and initiated the performers' travels. However, some of them were refused entry into the country. The documentation of the immigration procedure is also part of the work" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Taryn Simon collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Taryn Simon. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is an art photography classic. This is one of 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. A scarce signed copy thus. 175 plates. One of the most brilliant American Conceptual artist/photographers of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 3775743197. $100.00

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